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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


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Screening Methods for Identification of the Target Group Autism Spectrum For Special Education Teachers and Psychologists 4809

Sorokin A.B.
PhD in Biology, Leading Researcher, Federal Resource Center for Organization of Comprehensive Support for Children with ASD, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Zotova M.A.
Speech pathologist, School № 518, Moscow, Russia

Korovina N.Y.
Head of Psychiatry Department, Center for Psychiatry and Psychology, Moscow, Russia

We present three screening instruments which can be used by special education teachers and psychologists for assessment of children who may belong to the intervention target group “autism spectrum”. Two of these instruments (Social Communication Questionnaire and Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorders) are parent/caregiver questionnaires and one (Autism Mental Status Exam) is a short observation schedule. All three methods were used with 132 children with conditions associated with autism spectrum, other developmental conditions, as well as typically developing children. Correlation coefficient values ranged from 0.7 to 0.82 for the pairwise comparison of the three overall scores. They provide evidence for significant convergent validity of the methods. The article discusses the strong sides of every instrument that professionals may find useful when choosing instruments for their diagnostic toolbox.

Keywords: autism spectrum disorders, parent/caregiver’s questionnaire, screening, «Social Communication Questionnaire», «Checklist of Autism Spectrum Disorders», «Autism Mental Status Exam», convergent validity

Column: Autism. The Russian Square: Diagnostics, Early Intervention, Education, and Life in the Community


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