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Understanding Autism -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent Autism?

Although the cause of autism is not known, many researchers believe genetics is responsible for 90% of the risk of a child developing autism. Rare cases may be caused by chemical exposure and other agents that can cause birth defects.

To reduce the risk of having a child with an autistic disorder:

Understanding Autism

Find out more about autism:

Basics

Symptoms

Diagnosis and Treatment

Prevention

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on March 04, 2015

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