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Is it ok to have kids with a man with autism spectrum disorder?

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Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience in Psychiatry
A Serious Matter: The decisions to take a mate and have children are likely the most important decisions we face in our lifetime. Our ability to have and/or rear children is dependent upon our ability to parent in a responsible manner and not dependent upon a diagnosis. If you select a spouse with a known condition, be sure that you fully understand the condition and especially the long term prognosis.
Answered on Apr 25, 2019
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Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
23 years experience in Family Medicine
It might be advisable to get a consultation with a geneticist or genetic counselor to understand the risks. Autistic disorders do run in families but the pattern of inheritance is unclear. These are complex disorders and no single gene is a known cause. Treatments available allow many people to thrive with this chronic condition if your child has an ASD. Family counseling, parent training, and behavioral therapy may be tools you and your partner may find useful.
Jan 16, 2013

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