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Intellectual development and familial dysautonomia

W Welton, D Clayson, F B Axelrod, D B Levine
Pediatrics 1979, 63 (5): 708-12
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The study examined adaptive trends in cognitive development among individuals with familial dysautonomia and sought to establish new base rates of intelligence for the dysautonomic population. Fifty-two subjects, aged 6 to 28 years, were administered the Wechsler scales of intelligence. The results indicate that there is less cognitive impairment than previous research would suggest, and that more dysautonomic children are capable of adjusting to standard school programs than was heretofore thought possible. Specific deficits seen in this population are discussed along with a rationale for deleting the term retarded where most of these individuals are concerned.

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