Some Physical Parameters of Young Autistic Children

Magda Campbell, Theodore A. Petti, Wayne H. Green, Ira L. Cohen, Nancy B. Genieser, Ralph David

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This paper provides information relevant to growth and development in a sample (N = 101) of young autistic children. Though birth weights of patients did not deviate from normative findings or from those of their own siblings, the distribution of heights between ages 2 and 7 years was significantly different from the normal population. Certain additional measures were available in a subgroup of patients: severity of illness and blood lead levels were negatively correlated with language DQ and IQ levels. A significant number had elevated T3 and T4 levels, and the latter were positively correlated with minor physical anomaly scores. These results are discussed as they relate to the concepts of biological age and hypothalamic dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-212
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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