SPECIAL SECTION: Issues in the Diagnosis and Phenomenology of the Pervasive Developmental DisordersFollow-up of “Atypical” Children—A Brief Report
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Eleven children with atypical development, suggestive of the atypical Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) diagnosis in DSM-III were studied. Comprehensive developmental assessments were available for the “atypical” and 14 normal children both during preschool years and at follow-up, about 7 years later. The atypical children demonstrated significantly lower scores in gross, fine motor, and global developmental quotients (preschool); and in communication, socialization, and overall adaptive functioning (new Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales) at follow-up. The two groups did not differ significantly in any of the other cognitive or achievement areas of assessment, either during preschool or at follow-up. Results are discussed in terms of their consistency with the clinical literature and their implications for future research.

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