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Emerita Professor Helen McConachie
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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. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Author(s): Le Couteur A, Haden G, Hammal D, McConachie H
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
ISSN (print): 0162-3257
ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
PubMed id: 17605097
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