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ERIC Number: EJ884001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Detecting Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children with Intellectual Disability: Which "DSM-IV-TR" Criteria Are Most Useful?
Hartley, Sigan L.; Sikora, Darryn M.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v25 n2 p85-97 2010
The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in older children with intellectual disabilities (IDs) is challenging because of overlap in symptomatology and the high comorbidity of these disorders. On the basis of a sample of 89 older children with IDs (aged 6-15 years) referred to an ASD clinic, semistructured parent interviews were used to investigate the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (4th ed., text rev.) diagnostic criteria that differentiated children with ASDs from those without ASDs. Diagnostic criteria related to impaired social interactions, stereotyped or idiosyncratic language, poor conversational skills, lack of pretend and imitative play, and restricted or narrowed interests were related to ASD diagnoses. The findings of this study have implications for improving ASD diagnostic evaluations in children with IDs. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Oral and Written Language Scales; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence