SEASON OF BIRTH EFFECTS ON KURDISH AUTISTIC CHILDREN

Abstract

ABSTRACTBackground and objectives Influence of season of birth has been predictable for differentneuropsychiatric disorders including Autistic disorders. The objectives of the study is toexamine the association between months as well as season of birth and the risk of AutisticDisorder.Methods The sample recruited all Kurdish autistic children (359) in Hawler who werediagnosed by Kurdistan Autism Committee from 2009 due to the end of 2012. The researchercollected necessary data throughout the four-year period of the study.Results Although January birth rates outnumbered the rest months, the study found nosignificant correlation between particular season of birth and the risk of Autistic Disorder.However, Kurdish autistic children’s birth rates were significantly more during colder half ofa given year.Conclusion Findings of current report do not support the notion of seasonal pattern of birthin Autistic Disorder.