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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 6/2007

01-07-2007 | Original paper

Executive Function in Preschoolers with Autism: Evidence Consistent with a Secondary Deficit

Auteurs: Benjamin E. Yerys, Susan L. Hepburn, Bruce F. Pennington, Sally J. Rogers

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 6/2007

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Abstract

Recent research on executive function (EF) deficits in autism has led investigators to conclude that EF deficits are secondary to the disorder. The current study has two major goals: (1) Examine whether specific EF deficits are present in the youngest autism group to date (mean = 2.9 years), and (2) examine whether such deficits are secondary to autism, or act as an early non-specific cognitive risk factor for autism by comparing EF abilities of this autism group to a CA-matched typically developing group. Results from Experiment 1 suggest no specific EF deficits in autism relative to MA-matched controls, while results from Experiment 2 are consistent with the hypothesis that EF deficits may emerge as a secondary deficit in autism. Alternative hypotheses are also considered.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Executive Function in Preschoolers with Autism: Evidence Consistent with a Secondary Deficit
Auteurs
Benjamin E. Yerys
Susan L. Hepburn
Bruce F. Pennington
Sally J. Rogers
Publicatiedatum
01-07-2007
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 6/2007
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-006-0250-7