Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental brain disorder that occurs in children before the age of three. There is a range or spectrum of conditions associated with ASD caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences including:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s March 2014 report estimates autism’s presence:
There are medical and mental health issues that frequently accompany autism including:
Whether the rare gene mutations are triggered by environmental factors like pollution, certain chemicals and even parental age or changes in how the disease is diagnosed, ASD is on the rise.