Trend of Symptoms in Children Diagnosed with Autistic Disorder as Measured by the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC)

  • Johnny L. Matson
  • Julie A. Hess
  • Daniene Neal
  • Sara Mahan
  • Jill C. Fodstad
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10882-009-9167-3

Cite this article as:
Matson, J.L., Hess, J.A., Neal, D. et al. J Dev Phys Disabil (2010) 22: 47. doi:10.1007/s10882-009-9167-3

Abstract

Researchers have examined the progression of core symptoms in AD; however, the primary focus of lifespan research for children with ASD has been based on retrospective reports and the stability of diagnoses. The purpose of this study, then, was to conduct a cross sectional investigation of symptom expression of AD throughout the childhood years. Participants consisted of children ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old who were diagnosed with AD. The participants were partitioned into three age cohorts, with symptom endorsements of AD assessed through the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC). Results indicated that symptoms of AD were no more pronounced at any one of the three age cohorts when compared to each other. Additionally, a non-significant linear trend was found, indicating that symptoms of AD in childhood remain stable and chronic. Implications of these findings and future directions for research in this area are discussed.

Keywords

AutismCross sectionalChildrenSymptom trendASD-DC

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johnny L. Matson
    • 1
  • Julie A. Hess
    • 1
  • Daniene Neal
    • 1
  • Sara Mahan
    • 1
  • Jill C. Fodstad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA