A multidisciplinary approach in diagnosing children with autistic traits and multiple behavioural issues: a case report
Saturday, April 18th, 2020
The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-5 criteria is based on a constellation of symptoms overarching social and communication deficits, behavioural issues, and stereotyped motor and sensory abnormalities. Some studies have raised concerns about overdiagnosis and misdiagnosis of ASD, likely due to the overlapping symptoms of ASD and other psychological and behavioural disorders. This case emphasises the importance of an integrated multidisciplinary diagnostic approach for ASD diagnosis as a single consultation is usually insufficient for paediatricians to reach to the conclusion of ASD. With valuable inputs from different disciplines, including psychology and speech therapy, paediatricians can have a better picture of a child’s underlying issues and provide a more effective management plan for the family.