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Abstract

There is limited research comparing the presentation of autism in deaf and hearing children and young people. These comparisons are important to facilitate accurate diagnosis, as rates of misdiagnosis and delay in diagnosis amongst deaf children and young people are high. The aim of this study was to compare diagnostic assessment profiles of a UK cohort of autistic deaf and hearing children and young people. The Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised—Deaf adaptation was completed with the parents of 106 children and young people (deaf children = 65; hearing children = 41). The majority of items explored showed no significant differences between deaf and hearing children and young people. Differences were found in peer relationships, where autistic deaf participants were less likely to respond to the approaches of other children or play imaginatively with peers. These findings need to be taken into consideration by clinicians in the assessment process.

DOI

10.3390/ijerph20032143

Publication Date

2023-01-24

Publication Title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

20

Issue

3

First Page

2143

Last Page

2143

ISSN

1661-7827

Embargo Period

2023-02-21

Organisational Unit

Peninsula Medical School

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