Friday, July 8, 2016

Intro Post: Distinguishing Sensory Craving, Stereotypy, Impulsivity, Tics and Obsessive Compulsion


The ASD¹ (autism) symptoms of sensory craving and stereotypy are described separately within the ASD diagnosis in the DSM-5², so you might think they are distinct from each other. But that is not the case. They can be easily mistaken for each other, and at times they overlap with each other. In the next two posts, I’ll take a look at the blurry lines between them and with other similar issues: the hyperactivity of ADHD³, tics, and obsessive compulsion. I'll discuss the implications for both assessment and intervention.
References
  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association.
  3. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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