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. 1995 Nov;36(8):1365-82.
doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1995.tb01669.x.

Follow-up of Two-Year-Olds Referred for Possible Autism

Follow-up of Two-Year-Olds Referred for Possible Autism

C Lord. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. .

Abstract

Thirty, 2-year-old children referred for possible autism were evaluated using a parent interview, a rating scale and psychometric tests and reassessed one year later. Clinical diagnosis was relatively stable across time; diagnosis using the formal measures changed significantly, particularly for younger and more developmentally delayed children. Several patterns contributed to the increasing differentiation of children with autism from age 2 to 3, including the development of clearly recognizable, repetitive behaviors in the autistic children and significant improvements in basic social skills in the children judged not to be autistic.

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