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Healy, O., Holloway, J., Lydon, S. and Dwyer, M
2012 Unknown
Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Research
Advances in Research on the Identification and Classification of Co-Morbid Psychopathology in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Nova Science Publishers, Inc
New York
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Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can affect an individual across the lifespan. The presence of co-morbid disorders including psychopathologies increases the complexity of the symptoms that present at diagnosis and across development. It has been demonstrated that as early as the toddler years, symptoms of psychopathology such as tantrum/conduct behavior, inattention/ impulsivity, avoidance behavior, anxiety/repetitive behavior, and eating/sleep problems are present. In addition, older children and adults with ASD diagnoses also show a high risk of presenting with psychopathological problems including symptoms of anxiety/repetitive behaviors, irritability, attention hyperactivity/impulsivity, and depressive symptoms. Over the last five years an examination of such co-morbid conditions in various forms of psychopathology has rapidly grown. A number of important scales have been developed to assist in diagnosis and intervention of such disorders (e.g.., Autism Spectrum Disorders-Comorbidity Adult (ASD-CA), Autism Spectrum Disorders-Comorbidity Child Version (ASD-CC), The Baby and Infant Screen for Children with aUtIsm Traits -Part2 (BISCUIT-PART2). This chapter will provide a review and synopsis of the developments in the area of ASD and co-morbid psychopathologies across the lifespan and will provide a discussion of the outcomes of studies examining such symptoms.
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