If your child has been diagnosed with autism, chances are that you have many questions swirling around in your mind. First and foremost, you are probably wondering what caused your child to develop the condition.  

According to new research that was published last week in the journal Nature, scientists have identified more than 100 genes that appear to be linked to autism. Scientists found that there is more than a 90 percent chance that 60 of the identified gene mutations are connected to the mental condition.

The researchers also found that the gene mutations that are associated with autism in individuals with higher IQs are distinguishable from the gene mutations that are associated with autism in individuals with lower IQs.

Researchers said that properly identifying the gene mutations that lead to autism and understanding the causes of the mental condition could lead to better treatment options in the future.

After trying to figure out how their child developed autism, another important question on most parents’ minds is how to treat it.

Luckily, there are many treatment options available today for children with autism spectrum disorder, including behavioral treatments and medicines. However, the treatments can be very expensive, especially for families who live on a fixed income, so many families next wonder how they will be able to afford treatment.

In these cases, families may qualify for a need-based federal program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to help meet the financial demands of autism treatment. In order to qualify the family must have very limited income and assets.

An autism diagnosis is a stressful and confusing time for any family, but you should know that help is available to answer all of your questions. To read more about children with mental and physical disabilities qualifying for SSI, please visit our Detroit Disability Attorney page.

Source: Disability Scoop, “More Than 100 Genes Tied To Autism,” Shaun Heasley, Oct. 30, 2014