Why Babies with Low Birthweight More Likely to Have Autism

The correlation between low birthweight and a range of motor and cognitive problems has been well-established for some time, but researchers now believe that the motor and cognitive problems may “mask underlying autism,” according to lead author Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin, director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology at Penn Nursing.

“If there is suspicion of autism or a positive screening test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), parents should seek an evaluation for an ASD. Early intervention improves long-term outcome and can help these children both at school and at home,” she added.

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