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Correlation Between Genetics and Autism

Your friend Alice tells you that her daughter Lauren has been recently diagnosed with autism. Alice would like more details and comes to you for information.

Alice expresses guilt that she may have caused Lauren's disorder, and is also concerned that it might occur again in future offspring. What would you advise her in terms of preventive measures, available testing, and reproduction options?

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Brief Description of Autism:

Autism is a developmental disorder that is usually diagnosed in early childhood. It often interferes with a person's ability to communicate with and relate to others. By the time the child is 30 months old, the parents may notice that the child is not trying to speak, they appear extremely withdrawn, he/she resists cuddling, and the baby makes limited eye contact. The severity of autism varies widely, from mild to severe. It has been found that autism is highly hereditary; however, there are other risk factors, including preterm delivery and exposure to certain chemicals. The only way to know for sure if a child is going to be autistic is to get them screened by a provider.

How is Autism Perceived by the General Public?

Most of the general public believe that those with autism are mentally retarded; however, only a small fraction ...

Solution Summary

Thi solution is in response to a given case study involving a woman named Alice who is considered after her daughter Lauren has been diagnosed with autism. This solution provides information on autism, how it's diagnosed, and how it relates to genetics. It addresses the likelihood of autism reoccurring in future offspring with the help of preventive actions, genetic testing and reproductive options.