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A community survey establishing the prevalence rate of autistic disorder in adults with learning disability

  • C. N. Morgan (a1), M. Roy (a2), A. Nasr (a3), P. Chance (a4), M. Hand (a5), T. Mlele (a6) and A. Roy (a2)...
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AIMS AND METHOD

Most studies into autistic disorder have concentrated on children. This study aims to establish a prevalence rate of autistic disorders in an adult population with learning disabilities. Adults accessing learning disability services were diagnosed as having an autistic disorder by a two-stage process. The first stage was screening using the Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Mental Retardation Scale and then those identified by screening were diagnosed clinically.

RESULTS

An overall population rate of 7.7/10 000 for autistic disorder was obtained, which is a prevalence rate of 30% in those with learning disability. The prevalence rate was higher in intensive service settings.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS

Specific funding and interventions need to be targeted for the treatment of autistic disorders.

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A community survey establishing the prevalence rate of autistic disorder in adults with learning disability

  • C. N. Morgan (a1), M. Roy (a2), A. Nasr (a3), P. Chance (a4), M. Hand (a5), T. Mlele (a6) and A. Roy (a2)...
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