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Effects of age on communication skill levels and prevalence of maladaptive behaviors in autistic and mentally retarded children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  438116     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigated the effect of age on communication and maladaptive behavior in autistic and mentally retarded children. Forty-seven autistic and 128 mentally retarded children in a special school served as subjects. The cross-sectional method was used to compare junior and senior groups, and ratings on communication skills and maladaptive behaviors were obtained from teachers. We found that the skills of comprehension and conversation in autistic children improved significantly with age, and speech improved somewhat. In spite of this improvement in communication skills, maladaptive behaviors in the autistic children other than hyperactivity did not change significantly with age. Withdrawal improved significantly with age in the mentally retarded children but not in the autistic children.
H Ando; I Yoshimura
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0162-3257     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  1979 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-07-25     Completed Date:  1979-07-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Autistic Disorder / psychology*
Hyperkinesis / psychology
Language Development
Mental Retardation / psychology*
Social Behavior Disorders / psychology*
Social Isolation
Verbal Behavior

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