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Autism and psychoses: assessment and management

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aditya SharmaORCiD


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Children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can present with diverse clinical pictures difficult to adequately assess and manage. They can also present with a wide range of comorbid conditions and symptoms sometimes challenging to differentiate from the core diagnostic triad of social interaction difficulties, abnormalities in communication and restricted repetitive behaviours. Both affective and non-affective psychosis might be particularly hard to assess in youth with ASD, their treatment might be challenging and expected outcomes might be hard to define. In this workshop, we will share our experience in working with children and young people having ASD and Psychosis and their families both diagnostically and therapeutically also using specific case examples. The participants will be encouraged to contribute to the thinking about ASD and Psychosis and discuss their experience from working with young people with these difficulties. The aim of the workshop is to stimulate discussion around the clinical challenges arising in this field, facilitate a better understanding of these disorders and exchange views on best clinical practice. Learning objectives: At the end of the workshop participants will: a) Have increased awareness of how different dimensions of psychopathology and aberrant neurodevelopment contribute to the clinical presentation of young people with ASD. b) Have acquired a more systematic approach to assessment and management of young people with ASD and Psychosis. c) Have increased understanding of treatment approaches for affective and non-affective psychosis on the background of ASD.

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Author(s): Sharma A, Kyriakopoulos M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Year of Conference: 2014