ERIC Number: EJ921228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Reference Count: 6
Test Review: Autism Spectrum Rating Scales
Simek, Amber N.; Wahlberg, Andrea C.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v29 n2 p191-195 Apr 2011
This article reviews Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS) which are designed to measure behaviors in children between the ages of 2 and 18 that are associated with disorders on the autism spectrum as rated by parents/caregivers and/or teachers. The rating scales include items related to behaviors associated with Autism, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). The ASRS are a norm-referenced tool based on the diagnostic criteria of ASDs in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.), Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000). The rating scales can be completed in a variety of settings (i.e., home, school) by parents, caregivers, and teachers. They are quick and easy to complete and the manual is user friendly. The ASRS can be completed by both teacher raters and parent/caregiver raters, which can provide the examiner with a more comprehensive representation of the child's functional behaviors.
Descriptors: Autism, Mental Disorders, Test Reviews, Behavior Rating Scales, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Item Analysis, Test Interpretation, Norm Referenced Tests, Program Descriptions, Measurement Objectives
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