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ERIC Number: EJ984722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Comparing Neuropsychological Profiles between Girls with Asperger's Disorder and Girls with Learning Disabilities
McKnight, Megan E.; Culotta, Vincent P.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v27 n4 p247-253 Dec 2012
Research examining neuropsychological profiles of girls with Asperger's disorder (AD) is sparse. In this study, we sought to characterize neurocognitive profiles of girls with AD compared to girls with learning disabilities (LD). Two groups of school-age girls referred for neuropsychological assessment participated in the study. A total of 23 girls with AD were compared to 50 girls with LD using intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, and behavioral assessments. Standard two-tailed t-tests revealed statistically significant discrepancies in a number of areas, and results were interpreted to conclude that the participants with AD had a more severe cognitive and behavioral presentation than same-age girls with LD. The severity of these discrepancies indicates the need for routine neuropsychological and behavioral screening to promote early diagnosis and intervention. Based on this study, we challenge the idea that girls present with a more benign expression of AD than boys. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration; Child Behavior Checklist; Rey Osterrieth Complex Figure Test; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement