Genetic testing and autism: Tutorial for communication sciences and disorders

Laura S. DeThorne, Stephanie Ceman

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This tutorial provides professionals in communication sciences and disorders with an overview of the molecular basis and parental perceptions of genetic testing as associated with autism. The introduction notes the prominence of genetic testing within present-day medical practices and highlights related limitations and concerns through the lens of disability critique. The body of the tutorial provides an overview of four different forms of genetic variation, highlighting the potential associations with autism and available genetic testing. In sum, most autism cases cannot be associated directly with specified forms of genetic variation but are attributed instead to multiple genetic and environmental influences working in concert. Finally, the discussion focuses on parental perceptions of the genetic testing associated with autism, both the potential benefits and harms, and emphasizes the need to integrate first-person perspectives from autistic individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • Autism
  • Disability critique
  • Genetic testing
  • Geneticization
  • Neurodiversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN


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