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Tag: diagnostic tests

February 2013

Gold standards

by  /  12 February 2013

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised are the most reliable diagnostic tests for autism, according to a systematic review.

January 2013

Why crowdsourcing is not just for Wikipedia

by ,  /  22 January 2013

Crowdsourcing allows volunteers to become citizen scientists, archivists and journalists. Ventures such as the Interactive Autism Network can harness their power to advance autism research, say Paul Law and Cheryl Cohen.

December 2012

Subtle language

by  /  3 December 2012

We now know that people with autism have a much broader range of language ability than previously thought. How can we measure subtle language deficits in this group?

November 2012

Defining language deficits across autism spectrum

by ,  /  27 November 2012

We are on the verge of a seismic shift in the definition of autism spectrum disorders, says David Skuse. Under proposed guidelines for autism diagnosis, the canard that most people with the disorder cannot speak, or have such disordered language that they cannot sustain a conversation, has been abandoned.

October 2012

Autism Speaks launches scheme to develop drugs, devices

by  /  25 October 2012

The research and advocacy organization Autism Speaks plans to launch a nonprofit arm that will fund companies to develop treatments for the disorder, Robert Ring, head of translational research for the organization, announced yesterday at the Autism Consortium Research Symposium in Boston.


Telling tools

by  /  9 October 2012

Which test a clinician uses to diagnose a child with autism may determine whether that child meets the criteria proposed in the newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


Short screening tool flags children with autism

by  /  3 October 2012

A subset of questions on two behavioral screens can distinguish children with autism from those with other developmental disorders, according to a study published 23 August in Autism.

September 2012

Diagnosis eludes many girls with autism, study says

by  /  3 September 2012

Girls are less likely to be diagnosed with autism than boys are, unless they also have intellectual or behavioral problems, according to a study published 26 June in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

July 2012
An occupational therapist works with a kindergarten-age girl on her coordination skills. She is showing her an exercise to practice putting pegs into a plastic board.

Clinical research: New test yields accurate severity scores

by  /  13 July 2012

Calibrated severity score, a test based on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, provides a measure of autism symptoms that is independent of age and language ability, according to a study published 24 May in Autism Research.

June 2012

Counting conditions

by  /  8 June 2012

A tool designed to detect psychiatric disorders in people with autism may produce more accurate estimates of co-occurring conditions.