Executive function and social communication deficits in young autistic children.

  title={Executive function and social communication deficits in young autistic children.},
  author={Rick McEvoy and Sally J. Rogers and Bruce F. Pennington},
  journal={Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines},
  volume={34 4},
Preschool-aged, autistic children were compared with both developmentally delayed children of similar non-verbal mental age and normally developing children of similar verbal skill on measures of executive function and social communication skills. Autistic children exhibited significantly more perseverative responses on a test of executive function when compared to both comparison groups. Autistic children also exhibited significantly fewer joint attention and social interaction behaviors… CONTINUE READING

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