Changes in cognitive and Language functioning of Preschool children with autism
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- Harris, S.L., Handleman, J.S., Gordon, R. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (1991) 21: 281. doi:10.1007/BF02207325
Preschool children with autism and their normally developing peers were compared on the Stanford-Binet IV and Preschool Language Scale before and after 1 school year. Both measures showed that although the children with autism functioned at a lower level than their normally developing peers, the children with autism had narrowed this gap after treatment, making a nearly 19-point increase in IQ and an 8-point gain in language quotient. The IQ measure remained stable for the normally developing peers while their language showed a 7.73-point increase. The data support the notion that young children with autism can make very significant developmental gains.