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Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis

Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis

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Title: Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis
Author: Esteves, Jeffrey Brent
Abstract: To date, there are no known biological markers to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Thus, diagnosis generally relies on behavioural assessment and considerable clinical judgement. Currently, very little is known about the assessment methodology Canadian physicians and psychologists use, to diagnose ASD. The current study provides information regarding these practices. A total of 64 participants (23 physicians and 41 psychologists) completed an online survey. Overall, the participants reported a relatively homogenous set of assessment practices. Small differences were noted in the usage of some assessment tools and in the composition of their clinical team. Assessment tool usage differed depending on the estimated cognitive level of the client population a clinician worked with. Limitations and future directions for the research are discussed. It is hoped that these results will help promote further research into the clinical practice of diagnosticians working with children diagnosed with (or being assessed for) ASD.
Subject: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Assessment
Diagnosis
Multidisciplinary team
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35572
Supervisor: Perry, Adrienne
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Psychology (Functional Area: Clinical-Developmental)
Exam date: 2018-08-22
Publish on: 2018-11-21

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