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  • Mandy M
    April 13, 2011 - 20:06

    Hello, I am the mother of a child with autism. He is currently 3 and a half. He was diagnosed with ASD, moderate severity at 2 and a half years old. I am also a nurse with experience taking care of patients with tramatic brain injury. I have to agree that some of the traits of my former tramatic brain injury patients resemble some of my son's autism characteristics. After reading the article, I was left wondering if there is any documented research to confirm that the cause of the autism is the deprivation of oxygen by the fetus in utero. In theory it makes sense that it could be a possible cause. But is there documented proof. If that documentation exists, then I would be very interested in reading the the article that confirms it. Also, it would be very important to pin-point this as a cause for expectant mothers of the future. If this is something that can be prevented during the prenatal period, then more education and prenatal care that can be provided, the better the outcome for all people involved.

    • Doctor mom
      April 14, 2011 - 20:49

      Brain damaged children may have behaviors similar to those of children with autism or even be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, but there would probably be symptoms noticable from birth which is not the typical presentation of autism. There are lots of opinions, but little data. Recent findings suggest that the many different symptoms may actually indicate many different causes -- and thus many different "autisms." And while many studies show a relationship between autism and brain structure, chemicals and activity autism experts do NOT see autism as being a brain injury.