Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “ETIOLOGY“ to remember about the Causes of Asperger’s Syndrome
Mnemonic : ETIOLOGY
E – Exposure to certain environmental toxins during critical periods of brain development, such as prenatal exposure to teratogens.
T – Genetic Tendencies: Inheritance of specific genetic variations, particularly related to genes involved in neural development and synaptic function.
I – Immune Dysregulation: Abnormalities in the immune system, possibly linked to prenatal infections or autoimmune responses affecting neurodevelopment.
O – Overactivity of certain Brain Areas: Overstimulation or hyperactivity in specific regions of the brain, particularly the amygdala and frontal cortex.
L – Low Birth Weight or Prematurity: Babies born with low birth weight or prematurely may be at a higher risk for Asperger’s Syndrome.
O – Oxytocin Dysregulation: Imbalances in the hormone oxytocin, which plays a role in social bonding and behavior.
G – Gastrointestinal Issues: Some studies suggest a correlation between gastrointestinal problems and the development of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Y – Y Chromosome: Some research indicates a higher prevalence in males, suggesting a potential role of the Y chromosome in susceptibility.
Medical Reference Books We Looked Up For This Mnemonic :