While many children are born into supportive and loving families, others are less fortunate – abandoned and raised in institutions. A new study now suggests that these children are at an increased risk of developing behavioral symptoms similar to those seen in children with autism.

Published in the Journal of the American Academy of Adolescent Psychiatry, the study demonstrates the children raised in institutions were more likely to develop social behaviors associated with autism such as impaired social communication. These behaviors improved when the children were moved into child-centered foster family care.

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