Although it is still very unclear as to what exactly causes autism, recent research has begun to show that family members of children with autism often have developmental delays as well. Nearly 50% of the time, siblings of children with autism show some form of slower development. Researchers have also found that one out of every five siblings of children with autism will also develop some form of autism sometime in their lives.
This research shows scientists the importance of screen siblings of children with autism early on so as to find the disorder quickly and begin treatment as soon as possible. Studies have proved that in some cases of autism, early diagnosis and treatment in children can be the difference between the child growing into a completely independent adult, or needing lifelong care or assistance.
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