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University of Alicante researchers have developed an application for people with ASD and intellectual disability

COREAT is the first reliable international evidence-based application to measure severity of repetitive behaviour in autism and intellectual disability.

The new medical tool is the result of the collaboration between Agustín Ernesto Martínez González PhD from the UA Department of Developmental Psychology and Didactics and Professor José Antonio Piqueras from the UMH Area of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment. The technology has been developed by the company CubeCut.




Alicante, Friday, 4 October 2019

COREAT (an acronym standing for the Spanish version of Autism Repetitive Behaviour Test) is the first free reliable international health application based on evidence. It enables reporting on the level of severity of repetitive behaviour both in people with ASD and people with intellectual disabilities following DSM-5 criteria. The application is the result of a research work carried out by Professor Martínez-González, developed by the company CubeCut Software and contributed by Professor José Antonio Piqueras, in the area of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment at the Miguel Hernández University in Elche.

COREAT is the Spanish adaptation of the Repetitive Behaviour Scale - Revised (RBS-R), an instrument that has shown excellent psychometric properties in international studies and in the Spanish population for the differential diagnosis of Autistic Space Disorder (ASD). COREAT provides the level of severity of symptoms: stereotyped, self-harming, compulsive, similarity, ritualistic and restrictive. The information provided after the test will be very useful both for the health professional and for family members who can visualise the severity of the symptoms in simple graphs.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with two main symptoms featured: deficiencies in social interaction and repetitive patterns of behaviour. One of the most characteristic symptoms of ASD is repetitive behaviour. This behaviour may affect a person's life, both at an educational level and in social relationships, etc. In recent years, Agustín Ernesto Martínez González PhD, from the University of Alicante's Department of Developmental Psychology and Didactics, has researched these symptoms in both children and adults with ASD and intellectual disability.

According to PhD Martínez-González, scientific evidence has pointed out that repetitive behaviour is a variable that is associated with anxiety, executive dysfunction, sensory processing, aggressiveness, irritability, and behavioural problems in people with ASD.  Thus, family members and health professionals consider whether these repetitive behaviours have the function of mitigating the levels of discomfort or distress of the person with ASD or may be a form of self-stimulation. Discomfort may be related to gastrointestinal problems or to pain that a child with ASD and intellectual disability cannot manifest due to language and communication limitations. Therefore, a tool in the educational system and in the clinical setting that measures the severity of repetitive behaviours is necessary.



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