The effects of inattention/impulsivity and ASD symptom severity on social skills in toddlers

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to examine the effects of symptom severity of ASD and symptom severity of inattention and impulsivity in toddlers to determine the potential impact on social skills. METHODS: A total of 240 toddlers diagnosed with ASD, ranging in age from 17-36 months, were included in this study. Parents or legal guardians were administered measures assessing for symptoms of ASD, symptoms of psychopathology and social skills. RESULTS: A significant interaction was found, indicating that toddlers with less severe symptoms of ASD and of inattention/impulsivity had better social skills. In contrast, toddlers with more severe symptoms of ASD and inattention/impulsivity had the most deficits in social skills. CONCLUSION: These results further confirm that a multidimensional approach to assessment is needed and that comorbid psychopathology symptoms and social skills targets should be a focus of assessment and intervention.

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Developmental neurorehabilitation

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