Evidence-Based Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents

  title={Evidence-Based Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents},
  author={Sally Ozonoff and Beth L. Goodlin‐Jones and Marjorie Solomon},
  journal={Journal of Clinical Child \& Adolescent Psychology},
  pages={523 - 540}
This article reviews evidence-based criteria that can guide practitioners in the selection, use, and interpretation of assessment tools for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As Mash and Hunsley (2005) discuss in this special section, evidence-based assessment tools not only demonstrate adequate psychometric qualities, but also have relevance to the delivery of services to individuals with the disorder (see also Hayes, Nelson, & Jarrett, 1987). Thus, we use what is known about the symptoms… 

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  • 2005
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