Autism spectrum disorder is a complex disorder that affects both communication and behavior. Many children demonstrate symptoms early in life, so experts classify this condition as a developmental disorder. Many families might be feeling that they have nowhere to turn for information or support after their child’s diagnosis. EMIT Therapeutics offers support and autism spectrum disorder treatment for children as young as 18 months old. Contact them today at 844.983.0240 to learn more.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of neurodevelopment disorders that occur in all racial and socio-economic groups. It is characterized by repetitive behavior patterns and difficulties with communications and social interactions. Children with ASD may resist change to their daily activities and may exhibit emotional issues, particularly related to attempts to change their behavior or routine.
Autism spectrum disorder may persist throughout the person’s life. The degree to which the symptoms and signs affect the child often varies from one child to another with an ASD diagnosis. Some children, as well as adults, are able to function at a level where they can perform all their activities of daily living. However, others need a great deal of support to perform even basic activities.
What Are the Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Parents often ask about the causes of autism spectrum disorder. However, there is no one cause of autism spectrum disorder. Researchers agree that abnormalities in the structure or function of the brain can cause ASD.
There are several other causes and potential risk factors, which include:
- Genetic disorders
- Certain environmental factors such as metabolic imbalances or some viruses
- Children with a sibling that has an autism spectrum disorder
- Being born prematurely
- Being born to older parents
Another issue that researchers are investigating is why some people develop ASD, but others do not show signs of the disorder. Scientists established that if an identical twin has ASD, there is a significant likelihood that the other twin will have autism spectrum disorder. A mystery to some parents and researchers could be how someone has autism spectrum disorder when there are no multiple births in the family and no history of ASD among other family members.
One troubling aspect of receiving the diagnosis for parents may be related to what parents believe is the cause of autism spectrum disorder. Parents may blame themselves when their child gets sick or receives a troubling diagnosis. It is important to note that experts have disproved the theory that parental care practices are somehow responsible for developing ASD. Another debunked theory is the belief that routine childhood vaccinations are the cause of ASD in children.
Research Surrounding the Causes of ASD
Understanding the potential causes of autism spectrum disorder is one aspect of determining the possible influences and other factors that may contribute to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Scientists have not yet determined the exact causes of ASD but know that many factors are related to the causes.
Brain scans of children with ASD show differences in the brain’s shape and structure, compared to brain scans of children that do not have autism spectrum disorder. Researchers have identified several genes associated with ASD. They are also looking for potential “triggers” that might cause autism spectrum disorder to develop early in development, during pregnancy or delivery.
Contact EMIT Therapeutics to Learn More
The caring EMIT Therapeutics team members provide answers to your questions about autism spectrum disorder. We provide individualized, holistic treatment in the comfort of your own home. Contact us online or by phone at 844.983.0240 to learn more about ASD and to get the support that you need with our autism resources.