AARC Tip of the Month - September  2015

Autism Plus

Now, more than ever, adults and children are being diagnosed with autism and other comorbid diagnoses.  Commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders include bipolar, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.  Other related diagnoses that can frequently be seen include: gastrointestinal disorders, sensory disorders, sleep disorders, and seizure disorders.  Between 20% and 70% of people on the autism spectrum also have intellectual impairments, however, it seems that these rates are decreasing with the identification of high functioning ASD and better interventions. When choosing treatment for comorbid diagnoses it is important to pick interventions that are evidence based for the target behavior.  It is also important to work with a healthcare provider who knows enough about autism spectrum disorders to differentiate what is ASD and what is non-ASD behavior.  Lastly, it is important to track the behavior to help make the right treatment choices and changes.  Below you can find several helpful books on comorbid diagnoses with information on the different diagnoses, as well as guidance and tips for making informed decisions about treatment.

Books of the Month:
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Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar, and more! [electronic resource] : The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals 
By: Martin L. Kutscher
Contributions: Tony Attwood and Robert R. Wolff
Jessica Kingsley, 2005.
ISBN: 9781846422416

Description: "... concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children - from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. ... provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders - whether at home, at school, or in other settings - along with case vignettes and practical tips."


The Asperger Plus Chld : How to identify and help children with asperger syndrome and seven common co-existing conditions : bipolar disorder, nonverbal learning disability, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, high-functioning autism, Tourette's syndrome, and attention deficit disorder
By: George T. Lynn, with Joanne Barrie Lynn
APC, 2007.
ISBN:  9781931282338

Description: This practical guide to helping children with complex diagnoses at home and at school is based on current research as well as the author's clinical observations from working with this population for 15 years. Written for parents, teachers, counselors and medical professionals.