Interdisciplinary Assessment of Young Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderBy Prelock, Patricia A.; Beatson, Jean; Bitner, Brooke; Broder, Carri; Ducker, Amy; Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 194-202
Publication Date: July 2003
Paper describes an interdisciplinary model for the assessment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) called the Vermont Rural Autism Project (VT-RAP), which includes family as active participants and collaborators in the process. Family-centered care, cultural competence, and a strengths perspective provide the theoretical foundation for the assessment model. Steps in the assessment process include assignment of an assessment coordinator, intake, pre-assessment planning, community-based assessment, post-assessment planning, report writing, community follow-up, and resource notebook development. Preliminary research examining the effectiveness of the assessment model reveals the positive impact of family-centered, culturally competent, and strengths-based service provision. Implications for the VT-RAP as utilized by school-based practitioners are discussed.
Published by: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Website:http://www.asha.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J45908