Machelle H Allen

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This research extends previous research regarding the intellectual functioning of autistic individuals on standardized measures of intelligence (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised). In Study I 33 individuals with autism who closely fit the DSM-III criteria were studied. Clear evidence was found(More)
Investigated the Sequential and Simultaneous processing distinctions of high-functioning autistic children and children with a developmental receptive language disorder (DRLD). Twenty autistic subjects and 20 DRLD subjects were matched on age and gender, and compared to each other on their Sequential and Simultaneous processing abilities utilizing the K-ABC(More)
Compared 8- to 14-year-old children with either autism or receptive developmental language disorder (RDLD) to age- and IQ-matched normal controls in their ability to detect both frequent (p = .70) and infrequent (p = .30) randomly presented auditory stimuli under task and no-task conditions. Event-related brain potentials (ERPs), behavioral reaction times,(More)
BACKGROUND Achieving therapeutic blood levels of a mood stabilizer as quickly as possible is desirable in patients with acute mania. We examined the feasibility and safety of an accelerated oral loading strategy (divalproex, 30 mg/kg/day, on days 1 and 2, followed by 20 mg/kg/day on days 3-10) designed to bring serum valproate concentrations to therapeutic(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Our objective is to determine whether a point-of-care intervention that navigates willing, low-acuity patients from the emergency department (ED) to a Primary Care Clinic will increase future primary care follow-up. METHODS We conducted a quasi-experimental trial at an urban safety net hospital. Adults presenting to the ED for select(More)
BACKGROUND Maintenance antipsychotic medications greatly diminish the risk of relapse in schizophrenic patients. A significant number, however, will relapse despite ongoing drug treatment. This is a report of a pilot study of a group of schizophrenic patients who relapsed despite having been compliant with treatment. METHOD The authors studied 32(More)
Three groups of age- and PIQ-matched children (Autism, Receptive Developmental Language Disorder, and normal controls) participated in two event-related brain potential (ERP) experiments. Each of these experiments was aimed at evaluating whether either of the two clinical groups of children demonstrated abnormalities in two auditory ERP components, N1 and(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to clarify more precisely where patients with psychotic disorders and the mental health professionals who care for them disagree regarding whether the patient is ill or needs treatment. METHOD The authors prepared brief vignettes in everyday descriptive language that provided examples of the classical positive and(More)