Children reared in a reverse isolation environment: Effects on cognitive and emotional development

  title={Children reared in a reverse isolation environment: Effects on cognitive and emotional development},
  author={Michael H. Tamaroff and Yehuda Nir and Norman Straker},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
Cognitive and emotional aspects of development in four infants reared in a reverse isolation environment because of congenital severe combined immunodeficiency disease were studied by psychological test performance and formal observation. The chidren were studied while they were inpatients and following their discharge after successful medical treatment was accomplished. Treatment time in reverse isolation varied from 10 to 52 months. Deficient self-generated activity, including motor and motor… 

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