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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there any link between autism and down syndrome?

    My 3 month old baby has down syndrome and I am wondering if this places him at a higher risk for developing autism
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  • Autism Victoria, trading as Amaze, is a member-based not-for-profit organisation and is the peak body for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the state of Victoria. View Profile

    A 1999 article published in the Journal of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology found a child with Down Syndrome had (at least) a 7% chance of also having an ASD.

    As the current prevelence of ASDs in the general population is 1 in 100 (or 1%), a child with Down Syndrome does have an increased risk of receiving an ASD diagnosis.

    The study did not have a very large sample size and there is the possibility of compounding factors, so more research in this area is certainly warranted.

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