Autism and intellectual disability in a 6-year-old boy with particular emphasis on functional diagnosis and early developmental support – a case report

Zakład Pedagogiki Specjalnej, Wydział Etnologii i Nauk o Edukacji, Uniwersytet Śląski, Cieszyn, Polska
Adres do korespondencji: Szymon Godawa, Zakład Pedagogiki Specjalnej, Wydział Etnologii i Nauk o Edukacji, ul. Bielska 62, 43-400 Cieszyn, tel.: +48 533 995 111, e-mail:

Psychiatr Psychol Klin 2016, 16 (4), p. 280–283
DOI: 10.15557/PiPK.2016.0038

This is a case study of a 6-year-old boy with mild intellectual disability and autism as well as an attempt to take a synthetic look at his functioning in both home and peer group environment. The paper particularly focuses on the issues related to the widely understood developmental support, a systemic perception of family functioning as well as optimisation of child’s environment and diet. Attention was also paid to the importance of functional diagnosis, which is performed by an early developmental support team, and which allows for a holistic look at the child and their family. This specific example shows what changes can be made in child’s life within 3 years, provided that family members are engaged in the therapeutic process and seemingly insignificant aspects of life are modified.

Słowa kluczowe: autism spectrum disorder, intelectual disability, early developmental support