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Is Autism caused by poor parenting or other social factors?
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Pickle - November 15

I am completely amazed at the number of inaccurate perceptions on this page!

Ok, some facts about autism:
1) It is a biological disorder with a strong neurodevelopmental (genetic) component. It is not caused by poor parenting. Parent training may well be offered to parents of children with the disorder because it is likely that these children will present with a range of challenging difficulties, above and beyond those presented by 'typically developing' children. If a child has the biological predisposition to develop autism then they will do; this is pretty much set in stone from day 1. No amount of brilliant or poor parenting will make the disorder go away.
2) Autism cannot be 'tested for' through amniocentesis tests.
3) Just because no-one in your family tree has ever had the disorder does not mean that your child could not be autistic. There appears to be a heavy genetic component to the disorder, so whilst there are often cases of two or three siblings being diagnosed in the same family, there are also plenty of children whose family history would not indicate the disorder. Subsequently this would implicate random gene mutations.
4) Being an 'irritable mother' is not a cause of autism; it is a biological disorder...
5) Maternal health can influence the child's development, but there are probably more mothers of children with the disorder who had an unremarkable pregnancy than the other way round.

It really is very disheartening and frustrating to read so many inaccurate comments about autism. Please do your homework and source information about the disorder from reputable sources, such as the National Autistic Society, or from the NHS Choices website.

 

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