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Comparison of a direct and an indirect approach for the functional assessment of insistence on sameness in a child with autism spectrum disorder and a typically developing child

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Ollington, N, Comparison of a direct and an indirect approach for the functional assessment of insistence on sameness in a child with autism spectrum disorder and a typically developing child, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 19, (1) pp. 38-45. ISSN 1751-8431 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/17518423.2014.898161

Abstract

Objective: To compare indirect and direct functional assessment of insistence on sameness associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typical development.

Methods: Parents rated the function of insistence on sameness for a 6-year-old boy with ASD (Peter) and a typically developing 4-year-old boy (Nathan) using the Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS). Ratings were compared to the results of a direct assessment.

Results: The results of the assessment procedures were mainly consistent for Peter and suggested that his tendency to insist on sameness was maintained by sensory consequences. The finding of an attention function for Nathan in the play-based assessment was consistent with previous functional assessment studies surrounding typically developing children, but in contrast to the MAS.

Conclusion: While the play-based assessment may be more suitable for assessing the high rate insistence on sameness observed in individuals with ASD, the MAS may be more suitable for low rate insistence on sameness.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:functional assessment, autism spectrum disorder
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Education Assessment and Evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Special Needs Education
Author:Ollington, N (Dr Nadia Ollington)
ID Code:98456
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-02-17
Last Modified:2017-11-10
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