1 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 Institut for Psykologi, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet3 Institut for Psykologi, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet
Associations between congenital deafness or blindness and autism have been found. The main consequences of congenital sensory impairment, being barriers for communication, language and social interaction development, may lead to symptoms of autism. To date only few studies have been reported concerning individuals with congenital deafblindness. This study examines symptoms of autism among 71 children with congenital deafblindness using the Autism Behavior Checklist. The cohort of children with congenital deafblindness was found to have symptoms of autism on a level similar to children with another developmental disorder than autism for example intellectual disability. No association was found between severity of congenital sensory impairment and severity or type of symptoms of autism.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2014, Vol 44, Issue 5