ADI-R (ASD): A Case Study

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ADI – R had proven to be highly effective in identifying children who have symptoms that align with ASD. However, when determining and distinguishing children who do not have ASD, ADI – R proved to have low specificity levels. After much research, the ADOS – proves to be both sensitive and specific when identifying children with ASD with scores ranging from 86 – 100% accurate and 73 – 100% respectively (Reaven, Hepburn, & Ross, 2008). These results are extremely important especially when researchers attempt to compare typically developing children to those children who are diagnosed with ASD. One benefit of using ADI – R is that it provides the clinician with a thorough assessment of the client’s functioning within the domains previously specified. This assessment is essentially an interview rather than a test which may for many be more…show more content…
In revealing diagnostic results, clinicians should be mindful in how the information may be interpreted by family members. In relation to the social work practice, practitioners should be knowledgeable in the resources to provide the family with. Social workers should work to prompt the family to also remain abreast on current research and information regarding ASD. Additionally, social workers should work to encourage the parents of the child to advocate for their child’s resources. As Saleebey (2013) suggested, assessments regarding ASD should surround the idea of assessing the individual for their specific strengths, hopes, and aspirations. Children who have a diagnosis of ASD may be limited in some aspects of their lives but as individuals, they have the right to access resources that will enable them to reach their full potentials. If clinicians fail to acknowledge the capabilities of an individual, he or she may undermine possible success for the

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