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Children with deafblindness: difficult differential diagnostics

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Introduction: The group of children with deafblindness is very heterogeneous. It can be difficult to identify children with deafblindness and to estimate the significance of the sensory loss for the child's development. Material and method: The article presents two cases where it has been difficult to distinguish between deafblindness, autism and mental retardation. Findings: Deafblindness alone may be the cause of conditions similar to autism, mental retardation etc. It is always important to test a hypothesis which states that a serious sensory loss (deafness, blindness or deafblindness) is at the top of a diagnostic hierarchy, and that symptoms from other pervasive developmental disorders come secondary. Conclusion: Differential diagnostics between deafblindness, autism, mental retardation and other serious pervasive developmental disorders are often difficult. Clinical experience is needed, cross-disciplinary cooperation, specialized diagnostic methods together with a long observation and intervention period in order to be able to determine the functioning level of the child in question.

TidsskriftNUD News Bulletin
Sider (fra-til)4-9
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2008

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