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How are cognitive disabilities such as autism developed? Is this a condition that occurs genetically?

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Updated Redwood City, California

Research suggests that it is genetically caused, but there is no exact cause of autism yet. As autism co-occurs with other disorders (ex. sensory processing, learning disabilities, ADHD, etc) research says that it has something to do with how the brain processes information. It could be that the brain has to filter through a lot of information occurring simultaneously or that the brain has a slower processing speed.