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Assessment Guidelines for Identification

Autism is a disability category under the special education regulations (IDEA 2004). Autism is defined as “a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, usually evident before age 3 that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with ASD are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The term does not apply if a child’s educational performance is adversely affected because the child has an emotional disturbance” [34 C.F.R. 300.8(c)(1)].  Eligibility determination for all disability areas, including autism, is the responsibility of local education agencies (LEA).

This section provides information and resources for teams determining eligibility for special education services within the educational identification of autism.

Educational Assessment of Autism: A Team Approach

Educational Assessment of Autism: A Team Approach

The Miami Valley Regional Center Autism Assessment Team provides information on an effective way to conduct autism assessment in order to gain reliable information to determine eligibility.
Solutions and Strategies for Educational Identification of Students with ASD

Solutions and Strategies for Educational Identification of Students with ASD

Information on educational identification of ASD. Topics covered include: legal foundations, when to evaluate for ASD, diagnosis vs. eligibility, and the team process.

Links

AIM Module "Screening Across the Lifespan for Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Early screening promotes early diagnosis and intervention, offering the best outcome. However, screening can occur across the lifespan. This module addresses the importance of screening, who should be involved, recommended screening processes and procedures and screening tools.   
http://www.autisminternetmodules.org

Online module addressing Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders developed by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
This module addresses the importance of early identification, describes early characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and provides a recommended set of practices that can assist with early identification of ASD.  A description of screening and diagnostic assessment tools is included within this web-based module.
http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/early-identification-module-menu

AIM Module  "Educational ID"
School personnel along with their parent partners struggle when addressing eligibility for special education services under the categorical label of autism. This module provides structures for conversations between parents and educators as well as guidance for school teams.
http://www.autisminternetmodules.org

Assessment and Educational Planning for Children with ASD: Using "Gold Standard" Methods and Tools
This site contains information on standardized and non-standardized methods of assessing students suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder.  Special recommendations are made regarding use pf assessment to help design goals and educational programming.
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/events/si_recorded_events.html#200

Ohio's Parent Guide to ASD Chapter 2
This chapter presents information regarding the difference between the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and educational identification of autism.
http://www.ocali.org/project/ohio_parent_guide_to_ASD

Middletown Centre For Autism Research Bulletin Summer 2010: Educational Assessment
This bulletin examines educational assessment. Presents summaries and implications for practice based on seven articles from peer-reviewed journals.
http://www.middletownautism.com/fs/doc/publications/research-bulletin-2.pdf


Documents

Guidelines for Identification and Education of Children and Youth with Autism (Connecticut)
A document developed by parents and professionals to address the critical issues and current research relevant to students suspected of or identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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Southwest Ohio Regional Autism Advisory Council (RAAC): Guiding Questions When Considering Educational Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders
A document that provides questions to ask as part of an educational identification of a  student with an autism spectrum disorder.
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Assessing Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guidelines for Parents and Educators
An article that provides parents and educators with guidelines for navigating the maze of assessing autism spectrum disorders.
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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment
A comprehensive document developed for and under the direction and supervision of the California Department of Developmental Services. It includes information on screening, evaluation, and assessment of persons with autism spectrum disorders.
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Assessment Processes for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Purpose and Procedures
A document developed by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, with contributions by Johanna Lantz. It discusses the components of an effective assessment process for evaluating an individual suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder.
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