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February 03, 2021 Wednesday 09:30:49 AM IST

Make Autistic Kids Stress Free

Parent Interventions

A new study by the University of British Columbia has shown that mental health conditions are higher in pre-school age children with autism. The study showed that 44.8% of pre-school age children with autism had mental health conditions which were only 14.1% among children without autism. Among the mental health issues faced by autistic children include anxiety, depression, behaviour/conduct problem, Tourette syndrome and ADHD. The study compared the prevalence of mental health conditions in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), children with intellectual disabilities, and children with other ongoing, chronic conditions that require attention from the healthcare system. Mental health conditions were significantly more prevalent among children with autism than among the other groups. Early intervention in such cases can improve the effectiveness of mental health treatment.