Research Update: Usefulness of the Revised Psychoeducational Profile for preschool assessmeent of PDD

Autism, Vol. 13, No. 2, 179-191 (2009)
The usefulness of the Revised Psychoeducational Profile for the assessment of preschool children with pervasive developmental disorders

 

Claudia Portoghese

Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Maura Buttiglione

Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Francesca Pavone

Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Vito Lozito

Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Andrea De Giacomo

Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Domenico Martinelli

Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Lucia Margari

Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy, l.margari@neurol.uniba.it

 

Data from the Psychoeducational Profile—Revised (PEP—R) were analysed in a

sample of 46 children, aged from 1.7 to 5.11 years, of whom 21 had autistic disorder (AD) and 25 had pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Analysis with a t-test for independent samples revealed a significant difference (p < 0.05) between children with AD and those with PDD-NOS on both developmental and behavioural PEP—R scales, supporting the utility of the PEP—R in discriminating between two diagnostic groups. This study emphasizes the effectiveness of the PEP—R as a tool for the early assessment of children with pervasive developmental disorders.

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