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Diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders

Diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders Purpose – The paper aims to provide an overview of the current situation with diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a review of literature combined with personal observation of practice. Findings – Diagnosis cannot be determined by any one tool. It is a clinical judgement. A solo experienced clinician can make a diagnosis. Wider assessment is needed post diagnosis and needs a team. Practical implications – Specialist multidisciplinary teams to assess people with ASD should be set up for adults as well as for children. Originality/value – The paper is of value to those who are designing and providing diagnostic and assessment services. It provides a new review, covering a wider area. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Emerald Publishing

Diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2044-1282
DOI
10.1108/20441281211227184
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper aims to provide an overview of the current situation with diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a review of literature combined with personal observation of practice. Findings – Diagnosis cannot be determined by any one tool. It is a clinical judgement. A solo experienced clinician can make a diagnosis. Wider assessment is needed post diagnosis and needs a team. Practical implications – Specialist multidisciplinary teams to assess people with ASD should be set up for adults as well as for children. Originality/value – The paper is of value to those who are designing and providing diagnostic and assessment services. It provides a new review, covering a wider area.

Journal

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual DisabilitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 11, 2012

Keywords: Autism; Review; Screening; Diagnosis; Assessment; Teams; Health services; Mental health services; Diagnostic testing

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