Co-occurring condition is an additional diagnosis that has core symptoms that are distinct from the primary condition. Co-occurring conditions can develop at any age.

Some of the common co-occurring conditions that might be diagnosed in Autistic children are Anxiety, ADHD, Clinical depression, Epilepsy, Intellectual Disability, Sight/hearing impairment/loss, Down syndrome, Eating disorder, Gastrointestinal syndromes, etc.

Some examples are- 

  • If the child fidgets frequently, she or he could have complaints related to constipation.
  • Headbanging could be a sign of presence of headaches, or pain when frustrated and the inability to communicate these symptoms.
  • Pica could be a sign of nutrient deficiencies, such as iron.

Recognizing co-occurring conditions is important because many of these conditions could exacerbate the behavior that occurs in children with Autism. As these co-occurring conditions are treated, the behaviors are reduced, and this will lead to considerable improvement in the quality of life of your child and family. 


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