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The largest study yet (involving 1,592 children) has been done to examine the factors which may influence regression of autistic children. Some children gain communication skills only to regress. Results showed that almost 77% of children who had language loss also had a regression in non-verbal communication skills such as response to their name, imitation eye contact, gestures and participation is social games. The development and loss of these non-verbal skills often occurred before the development and loss of verbal skills. In the preschool group studied, the mean age of loss to regression was 19 months. No link was established between ASD and the MMR vaccine. The last decade has shown a tenfold increase in diagnosed cases of ASD.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Science Daily
About: Causes of Autism Regression
Date: 3 December 2004
Source: Science Daily
Author: Ann Arbor
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