Might be in our Genes

I  have this belief that Autism might have run in our family. It might be in our genes. Two genes.dna-1020670_1280in our family were already diagnosed with Autism.  My nephew was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 7 years old. He displayed all the early signs of autism at a tender age of 3. He has problems with speaking and communicating properly. He walks in an awkward manner and does not behave most of the time. My son likewise displayed the early signs at the same age and was diagnosed at the age of 5. There is also a possibility that my niece also has autism because of the signs that she is currently manifesting. She also has speech, communication and  behavioural problems. She cannot speak properly mumbles most of the time. Her behaviour is quite erratic and screams most of the time when frustrated. She is hyperactive and cannot stay in one place for a long time. I firmly believe that this is not a coincidence but a probability of heredity being a causative factor to the growing number of people affected with autism.

According to research, family genes might have a  probable link to Autism. Recent studies  have highlighted an important difference in the types of families that have members with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD). When there is one member  diagnosed with ASD and no one in the extended family has a diagnosis  it is referred to as ‘simplex’ autism. The probable cause might be due to the one-off change during the formation of gametes. This difference can occupy for 10% of all  people diagnosed with ASD. But when there is more than one member of the extended family has a diagnosis or several members have very high levels of autistic traits, they are referred to as ‘multiplex” families. There is also specific genetic difference passed down through generations,  that might be the basis of the increased incidence of ASD in these families. There is also those well-known genetic difference of Autism such as Fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, Tuberous sclerosis, and the Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. We also need to consider these genetic differences to potentially be included in the genetic testing of ASD.

If you have any questions or suggestions to add on, please feel free to drop me a comment on the box below.

Adel 🙂

[cy] Adel Jardin

2 thoughts on “Might be in our Genes

  1. Hi!

    Thank you for sharing your experience with autism. It is great to be spreading the awareness. It is such a tough thing for a family to go through and your family must be extremely tough!! I do think it is very important for children to be able to touch different types of items such as soft and rough. Children in general are such visual and hands on learners. Best of luck to you! Thanks for the great site!

    Julie

    1. It is really hard for us considering we have 2 in our family who have been diagnosed with autism. My son and my brother’s son. There is also my niece who is currently displaying signs of autism. I believe that it runs in our family. With regards to your suggestions, I do believe they are visual learners because my son learned and progressed a lot to the early interventions that I did to him. You could check it out on my early intervention page. Thank you.

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