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Abstract We wanted to know whether preschool observation of children suspected of suffering from autism can provide the same information about core autism symptoms as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule ADOS performed in a clinic.
Forty 2—4-year-old children 9 girls, 31 boysreferred for assessment of suspected autism spectrum disorder participated in the study. The symptom areas covered by the ADOS algorithm were scored by an education specialist after free-field observation of each child in the preschool without using the prescribed ADOS materials.
The ADOS was then completed in a clinic setting by examiners blind to the preschool results. The only significant difference found was with regard to spontaneous initiation of joint attention.
However, it is of interest that free-field preschool observation of children with suspected autism using a structured checklist yields very similar information as that obtained at ADOS assessment performed in a clinic setting.
Introduction Autism spectrum disorder ASD has symptom onset early in life and a prevalence of about one percent of the general population [ 1 ].
Most children with ASD have problems with generalisation, which affects their behaviour in different contexts. Young children with ASD have more nonfunctional and repetitive play than typically developing children [ 2 ], and impairment in play, imitation, and joint attention are important predictors of autism [ 34 ].
Systematic research has highlighted the importance of early intervention for children with ASD [ 5 — 7 ]. It follows that early detection is crucial and that valid assessment tools designed for young children and taking possible gender differences into account are needed [ 89 ].
The ADOS is a standardised, semistructured instrument, shown to be valid for a clinical diagnosis of autism [ 11 ]. It is intended for use in a structured clinical setting.
There are four different modules, depending on the level of expressive language ranging from preverbal to fluent speech. For young children, module 1 is used for nonverbal children and module 2 for children with phrase speech.
Module 3 is used for older children with fluent speech, and module 4 is intended for verbally fluent adolescents and adults. The ADOS is intended for use by specially trained professionals in the clinic.
One test manager interacts with the child, and usually one professional observes the child during the test, which takes about 30—50 minutes. An algorithm covering 17 different autism-related areas for module 1 and 16 areas for module 2 is used, and the scoring result provides a cutoff for diagnosis at various levels of ASD, based on the total score for communication and reciprocal social interaction problems.
A few other observational instruments have recently been reported to have potential for the diagnostic assessment of autism in young children. The items from the ADOS were 1 overall level of nonechoed language, 2 echolalia, 3 pointing, 4 gestures, and 5 spontaneous initiation of joint attention.
Another recently reported instrument, the Playground Observation Checklist POC [ 13 ], discriminated in respect of social behaviour between children with autism, mental retardation, and typical development. However, no comparison with the ADOS was made. According to a newly published report from the Swedish Council of Health Technology Assessment SBU there is a great need for further knowledge and development of diagnostic instruments regarding ASD and other neuropsychiatric disorders [ 14 ].
The aim of this study is to determine whether structured observation of free-field behaviour in a preschool setting of 2—4-year-old children suspected of suffering from ASD, yields the same overlapping or different information as the ADOS used in a specialised autism clinic? In brief, all month-old Gothenburg children are screened for language, communication, and ASD problems in well-baby clinics.
Participants Forty children 9 girls, 31 boysaged 29—51 months mean age 40 months Table 1participated in the study.
These 40 children were consecutively referred through the AUDIE project with a clinical referral diagnosis of suspected ASD and who regularly attended a preschool or another day-care facility group that included several other children.
Participants by module, age, gender, and clinical diagnosis. The professionals included in the CNC team were a a physician; b a neuropsychologist; c a speech and language pathologist; and d a special education teacher.
At this conference, the assessment team made consensus clinical diagnoses according to the DSM-IV criteria for disorders first evident in childhood or adolescence, on the basis of all available information. Note that these diagnoses were only made after the preschool observation and ADOS assessments had been completed.
To avoid bias, examiner 1 performed the preschool observation of child 1 who was then blindly assessed by examiner 2 using the ADOS in the clinic together with another observer.
Examiner 2 then performed the preschool observation of child 2 who was blindly ADOS assessed by examiner 1 in the clinic together with another observer. All ADOS clinical assessments were videotaped in order to perform reliability measures and were scored by the examiner and the observer together.
These areas included in the ADOS algorithm were used both in the clinic and in the preschool. The preschool teachers were instructed to be around the children as they normally would in everyday indoor situations. The classrooms were designed for typically developing children, and the number of children in the groups ranged from 15 to 30 children.
No ADOS-specific materials were used; instead all material used in this observation belonged to the preschool.5 outcomes of the DRDP-R. (see “Classroom Support for Children with Disabilities and Other Special Needs”) The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) is a standardized, norm-referenced behavior rating scale which evaluates ‘within-child’ protective factors in preschool.
Consequently, assessment of infants, toddlers, and young children requires sensitivity to the child's background, and knowledge of testing limitations and procedures with young children. Informal relaxed settings where the child can be as much at ease as possible are recommended when doing assessment.
Assessment is a great way to chart a child’s progress over time, provide feedback to a child’s parent(s), or help with classroom management and discipline. Often, we choose to engage in assessment because we see disruptive or dangerous behavior, and/or because we see “normal behavior exhibited in inappropriate contexts” (Salvia & Ysseldyke, , p.
). Assessment in preschool justifiably concerns many people; they worry about the negative effects of certain kinds of assessments on young children.
They fear that students experience feelings of inadequacy, confusion, pressure, or boredom if they are tested. Preschool Assessment: A Guide to Developing a Balanced Approach by Ann S.
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