ERIC Number: EJ945415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Reference Count: 23
Identifying Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of Selected Screening Tools
Wilkinson, Lee A.
Communique, v40 n2 p1, 31-33 Oct 2011
There has been a dramatic worldwide increase in reported cases of autism over the past decade. Autism is much more prevalent than previously thought, especially when viewed as a spectrum of disorders (autism spectrum disorders; ASD). School-based professionals are now more likely to be asked to participate in the screening and identification of children with ASD than at any other time in the recent past. Although ASDs affect approximately 1% to 2% of the school-age population, identification rates have not kept pace in schools. Combined with the fact that more than one quarter of cases were never identified as having ASD through age 8, these results illustrate the need for a more effective system of screening and identification for ASD. The aim of this article is to provide school psychologists with a review of three ASD-specific screening instruments with promising psychometric properties for identifying children who are most likely to have ASD and thus, necessitate a comprehensive assessment.
Descriptors: Autism, School Psychologists, Disability Identification, Psychometrics, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Screening Tests, Test Validity, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Questionnaires, Rating Scales
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