Features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in childhood epilepsy: A population-based study

Colin Reilly*, Patricia Atkinson, Krishna B. Das, Richard F. M. Chin, Sarah E. Aylett, Victoria Burch, Christopher Gillberg, Rod C. Scott, Brian G. R. Neville

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Abstract

In a defined geographical area in the south of the UK, 115 children with active epilepsy (i. e., children who had seizures in the last year and/or children who were taking antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)) were identified via a computerized database and liaison with local pediatricians. Eighty-five (74%) of the children (5-15 years of age) underwent a comprehensive psychological assessment. Twenty-one percent of the children met the DSM-IV-TR criteria for ASD, and 61% of those with ASD had another DSM-IV-TR behavioral or motor disorder. The Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ) was completed by parents (n=69) and by teachers (n=67) of children with an IQ > 34. Only 9% of children on parent ratings and 15% of children on teacher ratings had no features of ASD. Parents reported significantly (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
JournalEpilepsy & Behavior
Volume42
Early online date16 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Parent
  • Teacher
  • Screening
  • ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
  • MENTAL-HEALTH PROBLEMS
  • SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE
  • CHILDREN
  • COMORBIDITY
  • GIRLS
  • ADHD

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