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Symptoms of autism among children with congenital deafblindness.

Authors
  • Dammeyer, Jesper
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
May 01, 2014
Volume
44
Issue
5
Pages
1095–1102
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1967-8
PMID: 24127166
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Associations between congenital deafness or blindness and autism have been found. The main consequences of congenital sensory impairment, being barriers for communication, language and social interaction development, may lead to symptoms of autism. To date only few studies have been reported concerning individuals with congenital deafblindness. This study examines symptoms of autism among 71 children with congenital deafblindness using the Autism Behavior Checklist. The cohort of children with congenital deafblindness was found to have symptoms of autism on a level similar to children with another developmental disorder than autism for example intellectual disability. No association was found between severity of congenital sensory impairment and severity or type of symptoms of autism.

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