Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that the CDC estimates affects one in 68 children.
The symptoms are different for each child, but may include difficulties with social interaction or communication or repetitive behaviors. As with the disorder, the causes are also complex, and it is generally accepted that both genetic and environmental factors play a role.
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente are studying autism with the belief that their findings could lead to development of better prevention and treatment strategies.
See more of this story: Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy