Deciphering the enigma of what causes
Our blog will act as your compass, highlighting potential risk factors, debunking persistent myths and providing insights into current research into what causes
- Autism Spectrum Disorder is not caused by one known cause.
- Autism is caused by a combination of genetic factors, advanced parental age, certain pregnancy and birth complications, as well as environmental factors.
- Older parents have a higher chance of having children with
autism, but their age alone does not guarantee it.
- Factors during pregnancy such as health problems and birth complications can be risk factors of
- Environmental factors like pollution, toxic substances, and infections during pregnancy may contribute to an increased risk of having a child with
- Autism is not caused by diet, vaccines, or bad parenting. There is no specific diet that can cure or treat
autismspectrum disorders. Vaccines are safe and do not cause autism. Bad parenting does not cause autismeither; it is influenced by genetic and environmental factors.
autism spectrum disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is not caused by one known cause (Raising Kids Network, 2021). It is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors, including, advanced parental age and certain pregnancy and birth complications (NIEHS, 2023).
There still needs to be more research done, however, initial research suggests that there are genetic factors that more likely increases the risk factors for
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2022), some additional risk factors are if the child has a sibling with
Older moms and dads might have a higher chance of having kids with
The genes from both parents play a role. Still, older moms and dads should not worry too much about their age alone causing
Pregnancy and birth
Having a baby is a joy, but there are risks too. Things that happen when a mom is pregnant can play a part in
There’s also research that shows some link between birth complications and
Certain environmental factors can play a role in the development of
What does not cause
autism spectrum disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder is not caused by diet, vaccines, or bad parenting.
Vaccines are a topic that often comes up when we talk about what causes
Two studies claiming that the MMR vaccine causes
Maintaining a healthy diet is important for all children, including those with
While nutritional and dietary interventions are gaining popularity, it’s crucial to consult with healthcare professionals before making any changes to your child’s diet.
It can be challenging for individuals with
Some people believe that bad parenting can cause
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that is influenced by genetic and environmental factors, not by how a parent raises their child. It’s important for parents to know that they are not to blame for their child’s
In conclusion, the cause of
If you are concerned about your child’s development and potentially thinking about an
Check out our other ReadyKids blogs to learn more about autism spectrum disorder and how health professionals like occupational therapists, speech therapist, and psychologists can help.
1. What causes
autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?
Autism is caused by a mix of factors such as genetic and environmental factors. Increased risk factors like having older parents, pregnancy and birth complications and siblings with
2. How does ASD affect a child’s development?
Autism Spectrum Disorder can affect each person in different ways. Some may have trouble with social interactions and emotional regulation. While others may have trouble with flexible thinking or challenging behaviours.
3. Can ASD be diagnosed early in a child’s life?
4. Does having family history increase a child’s risk for
Yes, having a sibling with
5. Are viral infections during pregnancy linked to greater risk for developing ASD?
Some scientific studies suggest that prenatal exposure to certain bacterial and viral infections might impact brain development leading to developmental disorders like
6. Do childhood vaccines cause
No! Extensive research has shown no link between childhood vaccinations and increased risk for developing
Autism Awareness Australia (n.d.) Causes of
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences NIEHS (2023).
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (2022). What is
Queensland Brain Institute. (n.d.) What causes
Raising Children Network (2021). Causes of