Deficits in socialization and daily living skills associated with gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder

Harry M. Voulgarakis, Celine A. Saulnier, Debra Bendell-Estroff, Joseph P. Bush, Tiffany M. Field

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Abstract

Recent research has demonstrated greater prevalence of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as compared to their typically developing peers. While there is an existing body of research that examines behavioral correlates of ASD and GI symptoms, few specifically examine social and adaptive profiles in this context. The aim of the current study was to identify correlations between social and adaptive skills in children with ASD, with the endorsement of GI symptoms. Significant correlations were found between GI symptoms and overall adaptive functioning, socialization, and daily living skills. No significant correlations were found between GI symptoms and communication skills, motor skills, or ADOS-2 severity scores. Strengths, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChildren's Health Care
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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