Autism in genetic syndromes: implications for assessment and intervention

Dr. Jo Moss and Prof. Chris Oliver, The Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Birmingham.

This briefing has been prepared to help parents and carers of children with genetic syndromes understand how and why autism spectrum disorder or related characteristics might be seen in children with genetic syndromes and what this might mean for assessment and intervention. This briefing provides a summary of information presented in a peer reviewed scientific article published in 2009and an academic book chapter published in 2011.

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1. Moss, J. and Howlin, P. (2009). Invited Annotation – Autism spectrum disorders in genetic syndromes: Implications for diagnosis, intervention and understanding the wider ASD population. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 53, 852-872.

 2. Moss, J., Howlin, P and Oliver, C. (2011). The assessment and presentation of Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated characteristics in individuals with severe intellectual disability and genetic syndromes. The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development. Editors: Jake Burack, Robert Hodapp, Grace Iarocci and Edward Zigler. New York: Oxford University Press.

First published 2012. This edition 2015. Review date 2018.

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