Can autism spectrum disorders be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The cause of autism spectrum disorders is not clearly understood, so there is no way, at this time, to prevent these disorders. However, early diagnosis may lead to a more effective treatment plan. Many children who are diagnosed with ASDs can have their symptoms improve remarkably with treatment.

Sarine Salama
Sarine Salama on behalf of MDLIVE
Psychology Specialist

There is no way to prevent autism as there is not one specific cause that is known yet to cause it. Autism is a broad spectrum of disorders and every child exhibits different severity and symptoms. Early treatment is the key treatment that should be started right away.

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