Evidence-based assessment in ASD : What is available; what is appropriate; and what....pdf
Advocating for an increased emphasis on evidence-based practice, this book describes and analyses a wide range of available Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment measures. The author offers guidance on how to evaluate services and programmes and recognise which will be most effective in different scenarios for people with differing needs. Reviewing a wide range of measures in detail, including assessments used in situations often ignored in overviews relevant to ASD, such as assessments of internet addiction, response to traumatic stress, and criminal offending risk and witness credibility, this book will be an invaluable resource to professionals who support people with ASDs and who are under increasing pressure to reliably assess which services, programmes and therapies are effective, worthwhile and fit-for-purpose. Essential reading for anyone involved in providing support for those with ASDs (including social workers and teachers), and for all professionals responsible for making decisions about funding the services that help them.
Kenneth J. Aitken is a practising clinical psychologist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is active among many charitable organisations and research initiatives dedicated to building a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders and related conditions. Kenneth has published numerous academic and popular articles on ASD and is the author of several books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, including An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism and Sleep Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
1. General Issues. 2. Core Assessments for ASD profiling. 2.1. Assessment of Communication Skills. 2.2. Assessment of Independent Functioning and Vocational Skills. 2.3. Assessments of Issues with Eating and Drinking. 2.4. Assessments of Sleep Difficulties. 2.5. Assessments of Cognitive Ability. 2.6. Motor skills. 2.7. Executive functioning. 2.8. Central Coherence. 2.9. Working Memory. 2.10. Quality of Life Assessment. 2.11. Theory of Mind / Mentalising. 3. Assessments commonly required. 3.1. Neuropsychological Test Battery Assessments. 3.2. Attention. 3.3. Behavioural Issues. 3.4. Restricted and Repetitive Stereotyped Behaviour. 3.5. Sensory Problems. 3.5.1. Visual issues in ASD. 3.5.2. Auditory issues in ASD. 3.5.3. Sensory Integration. 3.6. Anxiety. 3.7. Obsessionality. 3.8. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 3.9. Self-Injurious behaviours. 3.10. Risk of Offending. 3.11. Fears and Phobias. 3.12. Trauma and Post-Traumatic Distress. 3.13. Parental Stress. 4. Overview. 5. Conclusions. Appendix 1. Outline Assessment Protocol. Appendix 2. Test Company Details. Appendix 3. Key Journals and Sources of Further Information. References. Glossary of Abbreviations. Index.