Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children with Down Syndrome with a Look into the Impact on Family Expectations and Behavioral and Medical Interventions

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
3:30PM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
Location: Webinar

Susan Hyman, MD & Steve Sulkes, MD (Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, NY UCEDD); Cordelia Robinson, PhD & Susan Hepburn, PhD (JFK Partners, CO UCEDD)

Diana Schendel, PhD, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In recent years, increasing attention has focused on the potential association between Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A better understanding of their relationship will help guide early screening and treatment practices in those with Down Syndrome, so children with Down Syndrome can benefit from early intervention services targeted at their varied physical and emotional/behavioral disabilities.

This webinar is being presented by two RTOI studies RTOI 2005-1/2-07 and RTOI 2005-1/2-08, which began in 2005 to examine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in children with Down Syndrome and investigate the role of repetitive behaviors, functional skills, and specific medical co-morbidities in diagnosis. The presenters will discuss their analysis of the measures collected and how it provides a description of characteristics of this population of children with respect to issues that may impact the accuracy of the assessment for ASD and treatment strategies.

Meeting Materials 

Webinar Presentation Material [pdf, 913KB]

Audio File
Webinar (MP3) [audio file, 19.2MB]