Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 281–290 | Cite as

Changes in cognitive and Language functioning of Preschool children with autism

  • Sandra L. Harris
  • Jan S. Handleman
  • Rita Gordon
  • Barbara Kristoff
  • Felica Fuentes
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Abstract

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.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra L. Harris
    • 1
  • Jan S. Handleman
    • 1
  • Rita Gordon
    • 1
  • Barbara Kristoff
    • 1
  • Felica Fuentes
    • 1
  1. 1.The State University of New JerseyRutgersUSA

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