Despite how little is known on what causes Autism, we know each individual diagnosed with Autism has an ability to learn and thrive in their community by teaching them the necessary life and relational skills towards independence.
Studies show that Autism affects boys more often than girls. Boys are five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with Autism however, we are seeing an increase in girls being identified.
As far as ethnicity and race are concerned, autism doesn’t discriminate. Autism is prevalent in all racial and ethnic groups. Beyond this, Autism does not seem to impact one particular group more than another. Studies have also found that lifestyle, education, and income levels seem to have nothing to do with Autism risk.
What all this means is that there is much more research that needs to be done about Autism before risk factors can be fully identified: what causes Autism, who’s at risk for it, and whether and how it can be prevented.
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