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Research Article

Is There a Hidden Population of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Scott Spreat*

Vice President for Behavioral Health, Woods Resources, Inc. Behavioral Health, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Scott Spreat
Woodlands Program, Woods Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 36, Langhorne, PA 19047, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date September 20, 2013; Accepted date October 14, 2013; Published date October 18, 2013

Citation: Spreat S, Griffith RG (2013) Is There a Hidden Population of Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism 3:119. doi:10.4172/2165-7890.1000119

Copyright: © 2013 Spreat S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Abstract

Adaptive behavior measures were used to differentiate children who were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder versus intellectual disability. The prediction formula derived from this analysis was then applied to a sample of 3028 adults who were being served within a statewide intellectual disabilities system. Application of the prediction equation suggested that as many as 1119 of the adults with intellectual disability presented adaptive behavior patterns similar to the children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Only 126 of the 3028 adults had actually been classified with autism, suggesting the possibility of a hidden cluster of adults with autism spectrum disorder.

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