Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 307–312 | Cite as

Parent and Professional Agreement on Cognitive Level of Children with Autism

  • Diane M. GeigerEmail author
  • David T. Smith
  • Nancy A. Creaghead


The aim of the study was to compare the extent of agreement between parents and professional evaluators regarding the cognitive level of children with autism. We sought to determine the degree of parent and standardized test agreement about the child's cognitive level for children at different levels of cognitive functioning. Information regarding parental view of cognitive levels was collected from the questionnaires used during the initial evaluation. These levels were compared with age equivalencies obtained by professionals from standardized intellectual measures. Significant difference between parental perception and professional assessment of the child's cognitive level was found. In addition, there was significant correlation between the level of agreement and cognitive functioning; agreement increased as the level of cognitive functioning increased.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane M. Geiger
    • 1
    Email author
  • David T. Smith
    • 2
  • Nancy A. Creaghead
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Speech and HearingUniversity Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Development Disorders and University of CincinnatiCincinnati
  2. 2.University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders andUniversity of Cincinnati, Department of PsychologyCincinnati
  3. 3.University of CincinnatiCincinnati

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