Beware diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder based on stereotype behaviour
Relying too much on observed stereotypical and repetitive behaviour may result in incorrect diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in people with a learning disability and sensory impairments, a study suggests
Relying too much on observations of stereotypical and repetitive behaviours in people with learning disabilities may be associated with overdiagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study.
The finding indicates that practitioners working with people who have learning disabilities and sensory impairments should adopt a judicious approach to presumed diagnoses of autism.
Stereotypies often felt to be important in recognising autism spectrum conditions
The Dutch study explored patterns and differences between stereotypical and repetitive behaviours, as presented by people with a learning disability who had co-morbid sensory impairments and autism, and those who did not also have autism.
The presence of stereotypies has often been felt...
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