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Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa

Print version ISSN 0102-3772On-line version ISSN 1806-3446

Abstract

MECCA, Tatiana Pontrelli et al. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment of cognitive abilities using the non-verbal SON-R 6-40. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2020, vol.36, e3624.  Epub Aug 10, 2020. ISSN 1806-3446.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0102.3772e3624.

Cognition in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) shows large variability. Nonverbal tests can be more suitable for cognitive assessment in this group. We investigated cognitive abilities in ASD using the SON-R 6-40 Nonverbal Intelligence Test. A total of 37 individuals with ASD (AG) aged 6-24 years participated. Cognitive assessment of the AG was done using the SON-R 6-40 and performance compared with the standardized sample which served as the control group (CG). Results showed lower subtest scores in the AG than in the CG. Approximately 84% of the AG had intellectual disability according to IQ scores. Individuals with preserved speech in the AG had higher IQ scores than patients without preserved speech. There was no relationship between intelligence and ASD symptom severity as reported by families.

Keywords : Autistic Disorder; Intelligence; Psychological Assessment.

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