Do children with autism have March birthdays?

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  • C. Gillberg

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    1. Child Neuropsychiatry Centre, Göteborg, Sweden
      Christopher Gillberg, MD, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Göteborg, Child Neuropsychiatry Center, Annedalskliniken, S-413 45 Göteborg, Sweden
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  • Gillberg C. Do children with autism have March birthdays?

Christopher Gillberg, MD, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Göteborg, Child Neuropsychiatry Center, Annedalskliniken, S-413 45 Göteborg, Sweden

ABSTRACT

One hundred people with autistic disorder (DSM-III-R) without a known cause who comprised a total population of children with autism were compared with “autistic-like” children, Asperger syndrome and age-matched comparison children from the general population and were examined with regard to month of birth. There was an excess of March birth in the group of children with autism. The possible reasons for this finding are discussed.

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