What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that affects a person in various ways. It is a life changing disorder that affects a person's social skills, the functioning of the brain and several skills. A person diagnosed with ASD will also be affected by some possible issues that impair the quality of their life. Since this disorder is located on a spectrum, it means that each individual will be affected differently and subjected to varying levels of intensity. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Learn more on this website!


Autism Causes

Why Autism causes rather than what causes Autism? The reason is because there are so many areas researchers are investigating and plenty of theories as to what does cause it.

The truth is nobody knows for 100% sure yet the answer. Thus we have to say Autism causes as researchers keep searching for answers, in more than one area. The good news is that they are not limiting themselves to one area.

What areas have researchers investigated as to a cause for Autism? The MMR vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella) has been researched and since discredited, anti-vaccines groups have also looked into thinerosal which is a preservative used in some vaccines. It should be noted that thinerosal is not in the MMR vaccines. Methyl mercury is found in thinerosal and many feel it is because it is a poisonous substance; it could be one of the Autism causes.

Research is still ongoing but as of now, there is no conclusive confirmation. It is very understandable that parents would look to vaccines and the connection between mercury and Autism as being possible causes. Vaccination takes place at the same time as many signs of Autism occur. Until research can confirm this without question, then it is still possibly just coincidental timing.

Premature births have also been looked at for Autism. Many children with Autism have been born overdue. Some of the areas that have been studied are folic acid, C-sections and diet. Again, all have not been proven.

The main area being investigated now is genetics. This area is hard to disprove as some families have more than one autistic child. It is believed that multiple genes may be the cause rather than one specific gene.

Environmentally areas have also been researched. The reason is the numbers of cases of Autism have skyrocketed. This can be partly attributed to more diagnosis now being established.

Asperger syndrome is still relatively new in terms of being an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Hopefully, some day soon, we will have an Autism cure.

If you wish to learn more about Autism, I encourage you to visit the page called: What is Autism?

Recommended Autism sites:

Autism Today

Future Horizons

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