Autistic spectrum disorders 1: Presentation and assessment

Jones, Alice P.; Cork, Christine and Chowdhury, Uttom. 2006. Autistic spectrum disorders 1: Presentation and assessment. Community Practioner, 79(3), pp. 97-98. ISSN 1462-2815 [Article]

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As many as six in every 1000 children may be affected by an autistic spectrum disorder. Characterised by a triad of social communication difficulties, these children exhibit impairment in communication and socialisation, and restricted and repetitive interests, movements and activities. This article will discuss the distinction between autism, Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder. Assessment should include a history of the child's development, observation, school report and a profile of the child's strengths and weaknesses. However, it is important that potential differential diagnoses as well as conditions associated with autism are also considered. Differential diagnoses, management and possible causes of autistic spectrum disorders will be discussed in more detail in next month's Clinical Updates.

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21 Mar 2011 14:35

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04 Jul 2017 09:15

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