Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 341–353 | Cite as

Initial Characteristics of Psychological Development and Evolution of the Young Autistic Child

  • René Pry
  • Joffrey Bodet
  • Eric Pernon
  • Charles Aussilloux
  • Amaria Baghdadli
Original Paper


This longitudinal study assessed multidisciplinary data on 219 children with autistic spectrum disorders from the median age of 5 (Time 1) to 8 years old (Time 2). The evolution of psychological and adaptive data was subjected to cluster analysis. Four clinically meaningful clusters emerged. The first group (21%) demonstrated the most important psychological transformations between the two times of the research. The second group (24%) made progress but less than group 1. The third and biggest group (30%) kept the same developmental slope. The fourth group (25%) showed no significant evolution between the two times of the research. This study highlights important differences among children with autism and the necessity of using a developmental view when considering the autistic syndrome.


Autism Psychological development Assessment Subtypes Cluster analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • René Pry
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joffrey Bodet
    • 2
  • Eric Pernon
    • 2
  • Charles Aussilloux
    • 1
  • Amaria Baghdadli
    • 1
  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Clinique Peyre PlantadeCentre Hospitalier Universitaire de MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.EA 1972University Paul ValeryMontpellier IIIFrance

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