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Table 6 Comparison between autistic and non-autistic children in immunization and developmental history

From: Prevalence and risk factors of autism spectrum disorders in preschool children in Sharkia, Egypt: a community-based study

Variable Autistic
(n = 20)
Non autistic#
(n = 84)
χ2 P
No. % No. %
Hypothyroidism screening       
 Yes 20 100 84 100 -- --
Immunization       
 Complete 20 100 84 100 -- --
Motor development       
Head support       
 Normal 18 90 78 92.9 Fisher 0.84
 Delayed 2 10 6 7.1   NS
Sitting without support       
 Normal 20 100 80 95.2 Fisher 0.92
 Delayed 0 0 4 4.8   NS
Walking without support       
 Normal 19 95 81 96.4 Fisher 0.87
 Delayed 1 5 3 3.6   NS
Language       
Babbling       
  Normal 7 35 84 100 Fisher < 0.001**
  Delayed 13 65 0 0   
Dada and mama       
  Normal 7 35 78 92.9 Fisher < 0.001**
  Delayed 13 65 6 7.1   
Early cognitive       
Hidden object       
  Normal 7 35 82 97.6 Fisher < 0.001**
  Delayed 13 65 2 2.4   
Social and psychological       
Social smile       
  Normal 10 50 84 100 Fisher < 0.001**
  Delayed 10 50 0 0   
Recognize mother       
  Normal 17 85 84 100 Fisher < 0.001**
  Delayed 3 15 0 0   
Assist in dress       
  Normal 14 70 84 100 Fisher < 0.001**
  Delayed 6 30 0 0   
  1. #Non-autistic children included here were those of the high-risk group
  2. **Statistically significant