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🔴 "Early symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1-8 year old children with sex chromosome trisomies (XXX, XXY, XYY), and the predictive value of joint attention.*"

Although not many medical professionals may be aware, research over the past decade has established that neurodiversities such as Autism are far common in people with an Extra 47th X or Y chromosome than in the average population. At the same time, most are not Autistic.

What does this mean in practice for parents who have a young child diagnosed with an extra chromosome? Is it possible to predict in advance if their own child is more likely than not to be Autistic? If so, is there a way to predict which Autistic traits are most likely? And is there anything that can be done to change outcomes for the better.

Remarkably, as this groundbreaking research published in 2022 shows, the answer to all of these questions is YES.

In today's first of two parts you’ll hear the abstract, introduction and methods that allowed to come to these conclusions. The second part, to be released next week, will explain the study’s results and discuss its implications.


* Bouw N, Swaab H, Tartaglia N, Wilson RL, Van der Velde K, van Rijn S. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 Sep 15. doi: 10.1007/s00787-022-02070-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36107256.

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