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Handbook of Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Part of the series Autism and Child Psychopathology Series pp 87-115

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Monitoring Progress in Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Valsamma EapenAffiliated withInfant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of New South WalesAcademic Unit of Child Psychiatry, South West Sydney (AUCS) Email author 
  • , Katrina WilliamsAffiliated withDepartment of Paediatrics, University of MelbourneDevelopmental Medicine, Royal Children’s HospitalMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • , Jacqueline RobertsAffiliated withAutism Centre of Excellence, Griffith University
  • , Nicole RinehartAffiliated withDeakin Child Study Centre, School of Psychology, Deakin University
  • , Jane McGillivrayAffiliated withCentre for Social and Emotional Development, School of Psychology, Deakin University

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Abstract

The consensus of most professionals is that autism is a lifelong condition. Also, researchers have found that core symptoms change over time. Thus, screening and diagnosis constitutes a first step, but lifelong monitoring is also in order. This chapter discusses how this process can be accomplished. Where current strengths and current pitfalls exist will also be a point of emphasis.

Keywords

Autism Trajectory Monitor Progress Development