Home > School and Learning > Learning Differences > Autism > The Mystery of Autism: 4 Potential Causes that May Surprise You
|

The Mystery of Autism: 4 Potential Causes that May Surprise You

Could you inadvertently be putting your child at risk of developing autism? According to an October 2009 study in the journal Pediatrics, 1 out of every 91 kids between the ages of 3 and 17 is now diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Such large numbers have pushed many researchers to delve into what may be causing this disorder to continuously increase year over year.

Although it is important to note that the causes of autism remain largely unknown, new studies are currently being conducted in hopes of finding some answers to this increase in autism cases, and pinpointing possible environmental factors that may be putting children at risk for this disorder.

As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect your child. So what, exactly, are scientists looking at as possible links? Although genetics and vaccinations are two factors that have been widely debated, more research is being done on these and other possible causes in hopes of solving the mystery of what is causing autism in children.



|


highlights

Vote Now for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards
Voting is open now through May 3 for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards program where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers. Encourage your child to vote for his favorites today!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

10 Best E-Reading Apps for Kids
Whether your child likes reading fiction, non-fiction, magazines, or storybooks, these top-rated e-reading apps will help build her own personal library and encourage her love of reading.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks