Clinical Psychology 10 (2017), 1-2, 5-21

Original scientific paper

Developmental Profiles of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ana Šimir - Polyclinic for the Rehabilitation of Listening and Speech SUVAG, Zagreb
Sanja Šimleša - Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb
Maja Cepanec - Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb

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Research has shown that uneven developmental profiles, with better nonverbal than verbal abilities, are a common characteristic of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The aim of this research was to get an insight into the developmental profiles of the children with ASD on the Čuturić Developmental Test (RTČ-P), to describe their characteristics considering cognitive abilities and differences between developmental areas. The sample consisted of 25 children diagnosed with ASD. The children with ASD showed uneven developmental profiles. Both children with average (n = 6) and below average intellectual abilities (n = 19) showed uneven developmental profiles. In accordance with the expectation and other research, average nonverbal abilities scores were better than verbal abilities scores. The highest scores were achieved in visuo-perceptive abilities. With respect to verbal abilities, language expression scores were slightly higher than language comprehension scores, which is in accordance with the expected direction of unevenness in language skills. To conclude, developmental profiles are important in recognizing strengths and weaknesses in different abilities, which is crucial in creating interventions for children with ASD. They can also be useful in differential diagnostics of ASD and other developmental disabilities.

autism spectrum disorder, developmental profiles, Čuturić Developmental Test

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