Nicola’s guest post: Have you ever wondered how autism is diagnosed? – Mail Online
Well last week I went on a training course called ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) which along with
1) a parent & school questionnaire and
2) a classroom/home observation, forms one of the integral components of a multi-professional team achieving an ‘autism’ diagnosis.
So those who thought an autism diagnosis could be made on whether a child gives eye-contact or not – you are sorely mistaken. These are the areas an ADOS assessment covers i.e. if your child is having difficulties in these areas, you ought to seek help and support from a local health professional:
Language and communication
Echoing spoken language
Reduced frequency of spontaneous vocalisations
Unusual intonation patterns of vocalisations
Over using pre-learned phrases
Using another person’s body as a tool such as placing their hand on a toy to get their help
Reduced use of gestures
Reciprocal Social Interaction
Unusual eye contact
Reduced response to an adult’s smile
Reduced facial expression to others
Reduced ability to initiate communication
Reduced shared enjoyment of interaction
Reduced response to name
Reduced ability to request
Reduced ability to show or give something to an adult to receive their response to it
Reduced ability to attempt to communicate with another person
Reduced ability to engage with an adult
Poor quality of rapport
Reduced functional play with an object
Reduced imagination and creativity
Usual sensory interest in play or people
Evidence of behaviours that are aggressive acts to oneself or others
Unusual repetitive interests of behaviours
Increased tantrums, negative or disruptive behaviour for age
If you are concerned about your child’s social interaction, social communication, social imagination or sensory skills, please go straight to your health visitors and ask for help.
See you next week.
Nicola, Speech and Language Therapist, Head of The Owl Centre ,Author of Small Talk
P.S in other news such as my car …. absolutely sweet FA. But I’ve been sleeping much better this week after having horrible flashbacks particularly at night for the first few nights. Hey ho.
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