Comorbid Psychiatric Issues and Asperger Syndrome

Track: Major

Session Number: 4266
Date: Thu, Mar 1st, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Individuals with Asperger syndrome commonly present with comorbid psychiatric issues. Research has shown it is more severe than previously thought. ASD children have a 2-6 times greater risk of developing comorbid psychiatric conditions.

It is not uncommon for the manifestations of the psychiatric disorder to be altered due to Asperger syndrome. Likewise, the diagnosis of ASD may be complicated by the presence of mental disorders.  


This presentation will discuss common comorbid psychiatric diagnoses to include schizophrenia; bipolar and related disorders; depressive disorders and suicidal ideation; anxiety disorders; obsessive compulsive disorders; feeding and eating disorders; elimination disorders; disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorders; personality disorders; and gender dysphoria. It will relate these psychiatric issues to the field of speech-language pathology and offer practical strategies to effectively manage them within the scope of our profession.

Session Type: Traditional

Session Type: Traditional