Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale scores as a function of age and initial IQ in 210 autistic children

J Autism Dev Disord. 1999 Oct;29(5):379-84. doi: 10.1023/a:1023078827457.


Human growth modeling statistics were utilized to examine how Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale (VABS) scores changed in individuals with autistic disorder as a function of both age and initial IQ. Results revealed that subjects improved with age in all domains. The rate of growth in Communication and Daily Living Skills was related to initial IQ while rate of growth in Social Skills was not. Results should provide hope for parents and further support for the importance of functional social-communication skills in the treatment of autism.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence*
  • Language Development Disorders / diagnosis
  • Language Development Disorders / psychology
  • Language Development Disorders / therapy
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results