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ERIC Number: EJ783906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders in Pre-School Children Using Two Standardised Assessment Instruments: The ADI-R and the ADOS
Le Couteur, Ann; Haden, Gyles; Hammal, Donna; McConachie, Helen
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n2 p362-372 Feb 2008
The reliable diagnosis of Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder in pre-school children is important for access to early intervention and for accurate ascertainment for research. This paper explores the combined use of two standardised assessment instruments--the Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)--in a large sample of pre-school children. The children were recruited to research studies, and a "best estimate" clinical diagnosis reached. The findings show good agreement between the instruments especially for children with core Autism. The instruments appear to have a complementary effect in aiding diagnosis and confirm the importance of a multidisciplinary assessment process with access to information from different sources and settings. The presence of repetitive behaviours during the ADOS appeared of diagnostic significance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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