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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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TEIXEIRA, Maria Cristina Triguero Veloz et al. Social and emotional indicators of the autism spectrum in individuals with Williams syndrome. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.1, pp. 178-193. ISSN 1516-3687.

Williams Syndrome (WS) is a genetic disorder caused by the deletion of multiple genes on chromosome 7. Clinical evidence points to socio‑emotional alterations compatible with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The goal of this study was to identify socio‑emotional and behavioral signs compatible with ASD in individuals with WS. The sample consisted of 30 individuals with WS and 22 with ASD. The data collection instruments were Autism Behavior Checklist (ABC); and Autism Screening Questionnaire (ASQ) that were answered by the caregivers. We conducted a discriminant analysis (Step Wise) to differentiate the groups from items of the ABC and ASQ inventories. The WS group showed a large number of signs of socio‑emotional, communicative and behavioral alterations compatible with Autism that prevailed at the age of four to five years.

Keywords : Williams syndrome; autism spectrum disorder; screening; socio‑emotional competences; development.

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