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if my son has high functioning autism, is it likely my daughter will have it too?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
One one hand...: ...It does run in families, and has a strong genetic component. On the other, the parenting skills you learned in the meantime are very important, and might make a huge difference.
Answered on Jul 27, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
35 years experience Child Psychiatry
Yes and no: Asperger's and autism may run in some families. But not in all families with one child with the disorder. If it runs in famlies it is likely to be due a multiple factor inheritance not a single gene. In short the only way to tell is to have your daughter tested by a psychologist with expertise in this area.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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