By Amanda Smith, News ReporterNews Reporter|Posted February 04, 2018 10:25:31A new study finds that the likelihood of having a child with autism spectrum disorder increases with the age of the child, suggesting that a child’s brain development has begun at an earlier age.
The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, looked at data from nearly 4,000 children and their parents in the U.S. and Canada.
The researchers analyzed data on parents’ behaviors and physical characteristics from parents’ questionnaires from 2007 to 2014.
They found that the more frequently children were diagnosed with autism, the more likely they were to have their child diagnosed.
Parents who reported more autism symptoms were more likely to have a child diagnosed with the condition.
The authors said that this suggests that autism is a developmental disorder that develops at a much earlier age than previously thought.
“We know that developmental disorders like autism and Asperger’s syndrome are often diagnosed in young children as early as 2 to 5 years old,” said study author Amy Kuchera, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
“These children are exposed to more of their environments than their peers and are exposed in more social environments and they are exposed at a young age to some of the symptoms that are associated with autism.”
Researchers found that, in fact, the risk of having autism was highest for children who had their first diagnosis in 2007 or 2008, when the first autism diagnosis was made.
This finding could have implications for how we treat children who are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.
Autism is an umbrella term that includes a variety of mental and behavioral disorders, including Aspergers, Aspergillosis, and other types of developmental disorders.
It’s estimated that one in every 2,500 children in the United States has some form of autism spectrum condition.
Autistic spectrum disorder is characterized by impairments in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors.
It can be a life-long disability that affects the ability to understand and communicate, and is associated with difficulty with socializing and independence.
Children who have autism spectrum disorders may also be more likely than others to experience problems in school, social isolation, poor communication skills, and lack of social or emotional support.
The research also found that children with autism also tend to be less likely to complete high school.
The findings may have implications beyond the diagnosis of autism, as they could help doctors and researchers better understand the underlying causes of autism and its symptoms, the researchers said.
“Understanding the biological basis of autism can help us to understand how to treat it and prevent it from developing in the first place,” Kucchura said.