NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS: FOCUS ON AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER AND ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

V Eapen, Wai Chen, P Chan

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Abstract

Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are commonly encountered neurodevelopmental disorders with unique diagnostic and management challenges.

Objectives: This workshop will focus on the following aspects:
•• Clinical features of ASD and ADHD including the diagnostic process, differential diagnosis and comorbidities;
•• Genetic and neurobiological factors that underpin the translation of biological vulnerability to clinically significant symptoms and behaviours;
•• Integrating information in relation to the links between neuronal substrates and neuronal circuitry to cognition and behaviour;
•• General principles of management including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, covering early intervention to transition to adolescence.
Methods: The workshop will be divided into two half-day sessions covering ASD and ADHD, respectively.
Findings: Given that these neurodevelopmental disorders are heterogeneous in origin and clinical presentation, this session will provide a framework for understanding the overlapping and yet distinct neurodevelopmental and
neuronal circuitry as well as family and environmental factors involved in the production of symptoms with consequent implications for management.
Conclusions: Better understanding of the developmental trajectory and the associated risk and resilience factors will allow a more comprehensive management of these disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages12
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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