These neurons are produced before birth and their larger numbers may be linked to autism and prematurity.
Ten percent of babies born before 33 weeks and who have very low birth weight which is defined as less than 3 pounds, 5 ounces, had autistic behaviors at age 11. But why is it this way?
Prematurity influences later brain development in terms of cognition and attention. Without attention, competent thinking and language skills don’t develop. As a result, competent social skills don’t develop which impact relationships with peers.
Understand and minimize your child’s risks of being born too early and of having prematurity-related autistic behaviors. Have them monitored by an early childhood developmental specialist and intervene as soon as as weaknesses are detected.
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