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Diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders

Peter Carpenter (Based at Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, UK)

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282

Article publication date: 11 May 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to provide an overview of the current situation with diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is a review of literature combined with personal observation of practice.

Findings

Diagnosis cannot be determined by any one tool. It is a clinical judgement. A solo experienced clinician can make a diagnosis. Wider assessment is needed post diagnosis and needs a team.

Practical implications

Specialist multidisciplinary teams to assess people with ASD should be set up for adults as well as for children.

Originality/value

The paper is of value to those who are designing and providing diagnostic and assessment services. It provides a new review, covering a wider area.

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Citation

Carpenter, P. (2012), "Diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 121-129. https://doi.org/10.1108/20441281211227184

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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