Researchers from the University of Oregon have been looking at how autism affects the families of children who have the condition. They studied 20 families which had a toddler with autism and an older child aged between six and ten who was developing normally and compared them with 23 families with no autistic child. The study found that the older siblings of children with autism were mostly well-adjusted but slightly more likely to develop very mild forms of ADHD with symptoms of fidgeting, movement and attention problems. Not surprisingly the mothers of the children with autism were more likely to suffer from depression than the mothers with unaffected children.
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