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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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