The paper aims to provide an overview of the current situation with diagnosis and assessment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
The paper is a review of literature combined with personal observation of practice.
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.
Specialist multidisciplinary teams to assess people with ASD should be set up for adults as well as for children.
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.
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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