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ERIC Number: EJ908095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
A Comparison of a Specialist Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team with Local Assessment Teams
McClure, Iain; MacKay, Tommy; Mamdani, Haider; McCaughey, Roslyn
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v14 n6 p589-603 Nov 2010
Background: Early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is of crucial importance, but lengthy delays are common. We examined whether this issue could be reliably addressed by local teams trained by a specialist ASD assessment team. Method: Four local teams were trained in diagnostic assessment. Their assessments of 38 children and young people using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Generic (ADOS-G) were video recorded and independently assessed by the specialist team. Results: There was a high level of correspondence between the diagnoses of the local teams and of the specialist team. The number of assessments carried out increased and there was a considerable reduction in waiting times. Conclusion: This study has demonstrated the potential feasibility of creating local, multi-agency ASD assessment teams, which will serve to reduce waiting times, improve clinical skills at a lower level of specialism and thereby improve the overall quality of ASD services. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom