Autism Causes

(Also Known As: Atism Causes, Autistic Causes, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Causes, Autistic Spectrum Disorder Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Autism?

Autism can be a complex condition that is caused by a variety of factors such as the following: 3

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors (viral infection, pollutants)
  • Labor and delivery
  • Maternal condition
  • Immune system

There are also some risk factors that increase the chance to have autism:

  • Gender (boys are higher at risk than girls)
  • Family history
  • Paternal Age (older father can increase the chance for their child to have autism)
  • Medical conditions (such as tuberous sclerosis, x syndrome, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy)

Could You Have Autism?

Autism Topics

Related Conditions

Asperger's Syndrome – autism, deficient interaction and social skills, lacking of empathy, autistic, restricted pattern of behaviors
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – delay in language and motor skills, autism, lack of social functions
Rett's Disorder – repetitive movements, cognitive impairment, autism, problem with social skills