By Anna P. Kroncke, Marcy Willard, Helena Huckabee
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98). Looking at individual items on the Vineland, Sutera et al. found that with a stringent alpha level only two items were signiﬁcant in differentiating children who obtain optimal outcomes from those who do not at the preschool level. These items are: opening doors by turning door knobs and helping with chores. , 2007, p. 104) had a greater potential for optimal outcomes. Stevens et al. (2000) found that nonverbal IQ, receptive language, and adaptive functioning were the most important factors in outcomes.
2014). , 2014). Taken together, although children with optimal outcomes in general have language skills in the average range, there are residual factors often present in their language production; one of the most signiﬁcant of these is impaired narrative coherence. However, even while evidencing these somewhat subtle residual language differences in children with optimal outcomes, it is important to understand that strong language development, especially when combined with average or high IQ scores, tends to strongly predict better outcomes in children with autism.
Salzberg (2015) indicates, “We’re still spending vast amounts of time and money trying to counter the ill effects of a discredited, retracted paper from 1998 that claimed to ﬁnd a link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism” (p. 1). Adding to this skepticism in the medical community is the fact that the allegedly dangerous preservatives in the MMR shot have been removed, and autism prevalence continues to be on the rise. Further problems with the vaccine argument were uncovered when a relatively sizable percentage of Americans stopped vaccinating their children, which might predict a co-occurring reduction in autism rates (Rosenberry Conference, 2010).
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Critical Issues in Clinical, Forensic and School Settings by Anna P. Kroncke, Marcy Willard, Helena Huckabee