ERIC Number: EJ1122092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Screening Accuracy of the Parent-Completed Ages and Stages Questionnaires--Second Edition as a Broadband Screener for Motor Problems in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Vanvuchelen, Marleen; Van Schuerbeeck, Lise; Braeken, Marijke A. K. A.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v21 n1 p29-36 Jan 2017
Children with autism spectrum disorders are at risk for motor problems. However, this area is often overlooked in the developmental evaluation in autism diagnostic clinics. An alternative can be to identify children who should receive intensive motor assessment by using a parent-based screener. The aim of this study was to examine whether the Ages and Stages Questionnaires--second edition may be used to identify gross and fine motor problems in children. High-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (n = 43, 22-54 m) participated in this study. Sensitivity, specificity, predictive values and areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve were calculated by comparing the Ages and Stages Questionnaires-second edition scores to the developmental evaluation of the Peabody Developmental Motor Scale-second edition. The results revealed that both the Ages and Stages Questionnaires-second edition gross and fine motor domain may be used to identify children without motor problems. In contrast, sensitivity analyses revealed the likelihood of under screening motor problems in this population. The Ages and Stages Questionnaires-second edition met only the criteria of a fair to good accuracy to identify poor gross motor (sensitivity = 100%) and below-average fine motor development (sensitivity = 71%) in this sample. Hence, the capacity of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires-second edition to identify motor problems in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder appears to be limited. It is recommended to include a formal standardized motor test in the diagnostic procedure for all children with autism spectrum disorder.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Screening Tests, At Risk Persons, Psychomotor Skills, Questionnaires, Preschool Children, Motor Development, Comparative Analysis, Scores, Accuracy, Disability Identification, Diagnostic Tests, Observation, Parent Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Developmental Motor Scales; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
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