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My daughter is four. I'm worried about her development. Is autism an inherited trait or a developmental trait based on the child's environment?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics

In brief: Inherited latest

The latest thinking is that genes play a strong role.
Much research is ongoing in autism genetics with some great discoveries. If you are concerned about her development, then I'm concerned too! At your daughter's age, she should be able to have a thorough evaluation and reach a diagnosis of developmental disorder, or not. Start with your general pediatrician and seek specialty care if necessary

In brief: Inherited latest

The latest thinking is that genes play a strong role.
Much research is ongoing in autism genetics with some great discoveries. If you are concerned about her development, then I'm concerned too! At your daughter's age, she should be able to have a thorough evaluation and reach a diagnosis of developmental disorder, or not. Start with your general pediatrician and seek specialty care if necessary
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