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Siblings of Autistics Show Delays

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:40 AM

Having an older sibling with an autism related disorder significantly increases a child’s likelihood of experiencing similar symptoms or developmental delays, according to a new University of Miami study.
UM researchers, who presented their findings at the recent International Meeting for Autism Research, found the risks are greater for one in three children who have an older sibling with autism and suggested parents and clinicians be more vigilant for early signs and symptoms of problems.
"It is clear that the younger siblings of a child with a [autism] may face challenges even if they are not themselves identified with [it],” said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Messinger.
“We found that the majority of these high risk siblings appear to be developing normally. However, a higher than expected proportion of the children face challenges related to higher levels of autism-related behaviors or lower levels of verbal and non-verbal developmental functioning."
Researchers found younger siblings of children with autism-related problems may have lower levels of back-and-forth play with others and are less likely to point to express interest in what is going on around them by age 3.

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