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if my partner and i both have autism, could we pass it on to our children?

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 25 years experience
Increased : It is hard to say exactly but that is an important discussion. If either of you have any information regarding any genetic susceptibilities that have been identified in yourselves that should be considered and if not i would consider having some testing done. The other important issue is maternal age as risk will increase with age. Take 3 mg folate (folic acid) daily for 3 months prior to conception.
Dr. David Malpass
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Geneticist: If available to you, consultation with a geneticist would be very helpful. They can evaluate the two of you with regard to potential genetic conditions and give you a reasonable estimate of your chances of having a child affected with autism.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Early intervention: In addition to genetic consultation, proactive referral of the baby to early intervention can reduce communication difficulties prevalent in asd.

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