The answer of course is, yes!
Of course, autism can be caused by the expression of certain genes and here we see it run in families, usually down the make line of inheritance. The mistake which has been made by scientists researching into the genetics of autism however, is to give the general population the impression that all autism has a genetic component, which of course it certainly does not!
There are many routes to autism, of which the genetic route is just one. Oxygen starvation is another and so is a head injury. Anything which causes a brain to dysfunction on a permanent basis by in some way altering the structural or functional integrity of the neurology can cause the various groups of symptoms, which we come to recognise as autism. How do I know this? Because I treat children who have autism which has been caused by oxygen starvation at birth and I treat children who have autism, who have suffered a head injury. I discuss this at length in my book, 'Autism. - A guide to understanding and helping your child.'
Whatever the cause of autism, treatment is the same. First of all to discover the child's level of ability in all areas of development. Then to investigate any distortions of sensory perception, repetitive or self stimulatory behaviour and practical problems. Then to create a developmental environment and activities within that environment, which will not only help to reduce any problems of sensory perception and repetitive, self stimulatory behaviours, but which will also stimulate the development of the child. For more information on Snowdrop programmes of rehabilitation for autism, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.snowdrop.cc