Weak Central Coherence in Autism Over the Preschool Years

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Weak Central Coherence in Autism Over the Preschool Years

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dc.contributor.advisor Carter, Michele M en_US
dc.contributor.author Powell, Kelly Kristin en_US
dc.contributor.other Anthony, Laura G en_US
dc.contributor.other Gunthert, Kathleen en_US
dc.contributor.other Kuschner, Emily en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-22T15:01:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-22T15:01:24Z
dc.date.created 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-22
dc.identifier.other Powell_american_0008E_10311 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/11098
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Psychology. American University en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigated the developmental process of weak central coherence in preschoolers with autism by examining the longitudinal stability of their cognitive profiles utilizing the Brief IQ subtests of the Leiter-R. It was found that young preschoolers with autism (mean age=41.7 months) did not evidence specific strengths and weaknesses within their cognitive profile, suggesting a flat profile of comparable nonverbal abilities. In contrast, at Time 2 (18 months later), children with autism showed significant relative strengths on Form Completion and significant relative weaknesses on Sequential Order. Findings indicated that an uneven pattern of strengths and weaknesses in cognition found in previous research on individuals with autism, namely strengths in nonverbal perceptual versus nonverbal conceptual skills, which are proxies for WCC, are evident for older preschoolers (mean age= 59.7 months), but not yet present 18 months earlier. The results are interpreted as lending support for an important developmental process occurring over the preschool years for children with autism, which may have implications for intervention. en_US
dc.format.extent 71 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher American University en_US
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject Clinical psychology en_US
dc.subject.other autism en_US
dc.subject.other weak central coherence en_US
dc.title Weak Central Coherence in Autism Over the Preschool Years en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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