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ASD and ADHD: Familially Related?

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are both highly heritable neuropsychiatric disorders. Together they account for over 50% of the yearly new referrals in child and adolescent psychiatry. There is substantial comorbidity between both disorders, which has received little research attention due to a comorbid diagnosis restriction in the DSM-IV. With the removal of this restriction in the upcoming DSM-5, it is vital to gain more insight in the causes and consequences of a comorbid diagnosis. In this symposium, a series of inventive studies will be presented illustrating to what degree ASD and ADHD (non-)overlap regarding diagnostic information and cognitive profiles, to what extent the low end of the ASD/ADHD spectrum indeed represent superior functioning, if simplex and multiplex families show differential patterns of cognitive problems and to what degree parental ASD/ADHD symptoms influence the family environment in families with ASD/ADHD affected offspring. Strong emphasis will be given on the clinical implications of these findings.
Friday, 3 May 2013: 16:30-18:30
Auditorium (Kursaal Centre)
Session Chair:
H. M. Geurts
Panel Chair:
A. Sluiter-Oerlemans
Theory of Mind in Children with ASD and Children with ADHD
S. J. M. Kuijper P. Hendriks H. M. Geurts W. P. M. Van den Wildenberg B. Hollebrandse C. A. Hartman
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