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Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

Autism is not caused by child abuse, whatever the age--although abuse can certainly lead to lots of other problems, including mental retardation if it includes head trauma.
Some abused children do become socially withdrawn, but this is quite different from the social disconnection associated with autism.

In brief: No

Autism is not caused by child abuse, whatever the age--although abuse can certainly lead to lots of other problems, including mental retardation if it includes head trauma.
Some abused children do become socially withdrawn, but this is quite different from the social disconnection associated with autism.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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