Risk of another autism spectrum disorder child after a first one is much lower than presumed

August 27, 2015 10:42

The risk of a family with one children on the autism spectrum of having another child with the disorder is only around five percent - much lower than the estimated 20% that has been claimed in foreign studies, according to a Hebrew University of Jerusalem study carried out in cooperation with the National Insurance Institute’s research and planning administration.

The new study is based those who receive allotments from the NII to help cover the costs of children with autism and gives parents accurate assessments on the risks based on characteristics of the families.

Autistic spectrum disorders represent a variety of types of the neurodevelopmental disease that is diagnosed in around one in 20 children, more commonly in boys than in girls.

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