School Psychology Review

Effective Assessment of the Shared and Unique Characteristics of Children With Autism

Mark D. Shriver, Keith D. Allen, Judith R. Matthews

pp. 538-558

Mini-Series: Assessment and Treatment of Children With Autism in the Schools

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Abstract: Autism is a low-incidence disorder that has received increasing attention as parents have organized seeking more effective education services for their children with autism.School psychologists will have contact with children with autism through their participation on multidisciplinary teams (MDT) to determine a child’s eligibility for special education services. School psychologists can use their expertise in assessment to effectively address verification decisions in consultation with MDT members and parents. In addition, assessment that also addresses educational programming and evaluation decisions is considered best practice. To assist school psychologists assessing children with autism, this article presents information on some of the shared and unique characteristics of children with autism to help focus the purpose of assessment. The most appropriate methods of assessment to address the characteristics of autism are presented and some specific measures and instruments are evaluated.