Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are complex disorders of development that first become noticeable in early childhood. Children with autism often have a hard time relating to and communicating with other people, experience difficulty in social situations, and have repetitive behaviors and interests.
Research is the only way to find out what causes autism. EHIB is working to answer questions about autism, including: How often do Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) occur in California's children? How do genetic and nongenetic factors (lifestyle, environment, etc.) work together to cause autism? Are there ways to prevent ASDs? These efforts continue with various sources of funding. You can browse our Research Papers to see how EHIB is contributing to finding answers.
Families, service providers, doctors, and scientists who are interested in learning more about our research efforts can contact EHIB to request more information. Parents who are concerned about their child's development should also consult their pediatrician or see a developmental specialist.