Developmental prosopagnosia may be more common in people with autism spectrum disorder than in the general population. However, the two conditions are distinct. Many people have or develop autism spectrum disorder in the absence of prosopagnosia, and many people with prosopagnosia have no signs or symptoms of autism.
Developmental prosopagnosia is considered a neurodevelopmental condition, similar to dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and autism spectrum disorder. Neurodevelopmental conditions typically become apparent early in development and cause impairments of personal, social, academic, or occupational functioning. Many neurodevelopmental conditions are known to co-occur. Genetic or environmental factors (often unknown) that cause someone to develop a neurodevelopmental condition appear to increase their chances of having or developing others.
Last updated: 4/25/2017
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