Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 455–459

Brief Report: The Autism Mental Status Examination: Development of a Brief Autism-Focused Exam

  • David Grodberg
  • Paige M. Weinger
  • Alexander Kolevzon
  • Latha Soorya
  • Joseph D. Buxbaum
Brief Report

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Mental status examination Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Autism Mental Status Examination 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Grodberg
    • 1
  • Paige M. Weinger
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alexander Kolevzon
    • 1
  • Latha Soorya
    • 1
  • Joseph D. Buxbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Seaver Autism Center for Research and TreatmentMt. Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Ferkauf Graduate School of PsychologyYeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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