Have 1 child with SPD, does that increase my risk of having a child with autism?

by Jan
(USA)

My son has SPD (sensory seeking). I am thinking about having a second child but am afraid that since my child has SPD that may put me at a higher risk of having a child with autism. I know they are separate disorders but it does seem that most people with autism also have sensory issues. Does anyone know if this is the case? Thank you.

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Aug 24, 2009
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by: Alisa

I really don't know if there is higher risk.....but as a mum with a 13y boy(my oldest) with Asperger Syndrome I had concerns when I got pregnant with my 4th child. My oldest child was not diagnosed till he was 8 years old by then I already had 2 girls. Neither of the girl have Autism or Aspergers but I still worried about my 4th child as I knew I was having a boy there are other family members with Asperger Syndrome or Aspergers characteristics, mainly boys. I'm still watching out for Aspergers traits mainly social issues, but he's now 4 years old and because his brother had been diagnosed the health professional were much more proactive it assessments. So far he only been diagnosed with sensory integration behaviours and very mild Anxiety. As far as Aspergers Syndrome goes he's showing me more and more how socially correct he can be which is great news for me.

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