Ensuring an accurate diagnosis can be critical in identifying and acquiring effective treatment for those with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). To complicate factors, people with genetic syndromes often present with behavioral and other common features similar to those associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), often resulting in a misdiagnosis of ASD. This misdiagnosis may lead caregivers and treatment providers to use interventions that are ineffective for the specific individual they are supporting.
This presentation will compare and contrast Autism Spectrum Disorder with the most prevalent Genetic Disorders. Specifically, we will compare the physical characteristics, co-morbid medical conditions, and issues, along with the behavioral presentations of ASD with these syndromes. The presentation will emphasize the unique characteristics and issues associated with each condition that may assist in the differential diagnosis of these conditions. Case studies will be presented to exemplify the similarities and differences between these conditions. The presentation will also review current treatment recommendations for different genetic disorders and highlight current research on promising treatments for those disorders. Participants will receive a tool to aid in the differential diagnosis of genetic disorders along with links to resources for support.
-Participants will be able to identify the unique physical characteristics, medical issues, behavioral issues, and co-morbid psychiatric conditions associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the following genetic disorders: Angelman Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Smith Magenis Syndrome, and Tuberous Sclerosis.
-Participants will be able to identify recommended treatment strategies to support individuals diagnosed with various genetic disorders.