Brief Report: The Autism Mental Status Examination: Development of a Brief Autism-Focused Exam
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The Autism Mental Status Examination (AMSE) described here is an eight-item observational assessment that prompts the observation and recording of signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The AMSE is intended to take place seamlessly in the context of a clinical exam and produces a total score. Subjects were independently administered the AMSE and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The ADOS was used to estimate the most effective criterion cut-off on the AMSE. A score of five or greater produced excellent sensitivity and good specificity in a high-risk sample. Internal consistency was acceptable and inter-rater reliability was good to excellent. Preliminary findings indicate excellent classification accuracy and suggest that the AMSE provides a rapid and reliable observational assessment in a high-risk population.
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- Brief Report: The Autism Mental Status Examination: Development of a Brief Autism-Focused Exam
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 3 , pp 455-459
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- Autism spectrum disorder
- Mental status examination
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
- Autism Mental Status Examination
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- 1. Department of Psychiatry, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave Levy Place Box 1230, New York, NY, 10029, USA
- 2. Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, NY, USA