Introduction to Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism
With our superabundance of tests, scales, and questionnaires evaluating and reducing to numbers our performance in every sphere of life from school and work to sex, evaluation has come under attack in many quarters. On the other hand, our 20+ years of experience in the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren (TEACCH) program has taught us that careful and appropriate evaluation can be crucial components of our intervention programs for autistic youngsters and their families. We therefore considered it especially important and worthwhile to devote our sixth volume in this series on autism to diagnosis and assessment and to distinguish some common misunderstandings and misuses of diagnosis and assessment from valid and needed evaluation, especially with such complex disorders as autism.
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