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It is not clear what causes autism. Nobody knows what causes autism, and the reasons for it are still being investigated. 

‘There is strong evidence to suggest that autism can be caused by a variety of physical factors, all of which affect brain development – it is not due to emotional deprivation or the way a person has been brought up… There is evidence to suggest that genetic factors are responsible for some forms of autism. Scientists have been attempting to identify which genes might be implicated in autism for some years’.

National Autistic Society

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