Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 160 children worldwide. Although the origin of the disorder took years to discover, there is still no singular known cause. Links to vaccines or bad parenting have been widely disproven, yet researchers still work to find the source of the disorder. So far, researchers found genetic components to ASD and are trying to develop methods for early detection other than through basic observations of delayed social and communication development — which only become apparent when a child has reached about one year of age.
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