ERIC Number: EJ839948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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Comparative Analysis of Three Screening Instruments for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Toddlers at High Risk
Oosterling, Iris J.; Swinkels, Sophie H.; van der Gaag, Rutger Jan; Visser, Janne C.; Dietz, Claudine; Buitelaar, Jan K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n6 p897-909 Jun 2009
Several instruments have been developed to screen for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in high-risk populations. However, few studies compare different instruments in one sample. Data were gathered from the "Early Screening of Autistic Traits Questionnaire," "Social Communication Questionnaire," "Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales-Developmental Profile," "Infant-Toddler Checklist" and key items of the "Checklist for Autism in Toddlers" in 238 children (mean age = 29.6 months, SD = 6.4) at risk for ASD. Discriminative properties are compared in the whole sample and in two age groups separately (8-24 months and 25-44 months). No instrument or individual item shows satisfying power in discriminating ASD from non-ASD, but pros and cons of instruments and items are discussed and directions for future research are proposed.
Descriptors: Check Lists, Autism, Toddlers, Measures (Individuals), Comparative Analysis, Screening Tests, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, At Risk Persons, Questionnaires, Age Differences, Infants
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales