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Improving diagnostic and assessment services for autistic spectrum disorders.

Moore, Ken, McConkey, Roy, Sines, David and Cassidy, Arlene (1999) Improving diagnostic and assessment services for autistic spectrum disorders. Early Child Development and Care, 154 (1). pp. 1-11. [Journal article]

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Various studies have highlighted parental dissatisfaction with the diagnostic and assessment services available for children with autistic spectrum disorders. In N. Ireland these appear to be poorly developed compared to other regions of the United Kingdom. A consultative research project was undertaken with the main stake-holders, namely parents, professionals working in education, health and social services, representatives from provider Education Boards and HSS Trusts and commissioners of health and social services. Focus groups involving nearly 100 parents and professionals were held throughout the province along with written questionnaires that were completed by over 100 service personnel. The emerging concensus was validated through an iterative process of meetings and comments on draft documents produced by a selected reference group.Ten principles underpinning assessment services were identified and recommendations developed for improvements to services. Particular attention focused on the provision of local services; developing staff skills, the form of home-based supports and the nature and role of specialised services.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:18386
Deposited By: Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:19 May 2011 11:24
Last Modified:19 May 2011 11:24

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