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The cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children isn’t yet entirely understood, but it is likely that both genetics and environmental factors are involved. Smoking during pregnancy was thought to be one of the contributing environmental factors as tobacco smoke is associated to behavioral disorders and obstetric complications, but researchers at Drexel University find no such link in their recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Dr. Laurent Mottron MD PhD at the University of Montreal’s Centre for Excellence in Pervasive Development Disorders stresses that we must stop considering autistic individuals as “deficient” and that we must focus on their qualities and abilities that may sometimes exceed those who do not have the condition. Those with ASD’s generally have exceptional abilities in reasoning, problem-solving, and high-level abstraction.