Riva-Ariella Ritvo

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In this task force report, the authors define the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy; review the state of the field with respect to advocacy, training, research, and clinical practice; and recommend steps to ensure that psychotherapy remains a core competence of child and adolescent psychiatrists.
Sixty-two autistic patients enrolled in a prospective study an average of 12 years ago. Current retesting results are now available on 53 of the original 62 patients (85.5%). Results indicate that 36 (67.9%) achieved scores within their original IQ group. Twelve (22.6%) moved up IQ groups and five (9.4%) moved down. Of particular clinical importance is the(More)
Meta-analytic studies demonstrate that psychotherapy works. This paper reviews the methodologic challenges that slow the research needed to explain what works, how, and for whom. The definition of psychotherapy is addressed briefly. Recognizing both the accomplishments and limitations of the recent focus on efficacy studies of highly specified therapies,(More)
This study's purpose was to investigate mortality among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) ascertained during a 1980s statewide autism prevalence study (n = 305) in relation to controls. Twenty-nine of these individuals (9.5 %) died by the time of follow up, representing a hazard rate ratio of 9.9 (95 % CI 5.7-17.2) in relation to population(More)
Clinical descriptions of 14 adults with mild autism are presented. Structured questionnaires, extensive medical and social histories, and mental status examinations were conducted independently by several clinicians who concurred with the diagnoses of autism. These 14 patients demonstrate (1) that mild forms of autism can remain undiagnosed into adulthood;(More)
The purpose of the present study was to re-examine diagnostic data from a state-wide autism prevalence study (n = 489) conducted in the 1980s to investigate the impact of broader diagnostic criteria on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) case status. Sixty-four (59 %) of the 108 originally "Diagnosed Not Autistic" met the current ASD case definition. The average(More)
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