Why are we making changes?
Centennial has decided to follow the guidelines set forth by the Oregon Autism Commission. This means that there will be some changes coming in terms of how we evaluate students for autism spectrum disorders, as well as what measures we will use. The Oregon Autism Commission has made the following recommendations to the Oregon Department of Educuation regarding the screening, identification, and assessment of students with autism spectrum disorders:
- Primary care providers (PCPs) will screen all children for an ASD by their second birthday.
- Organizations other than PCPs increase the screening of young children for an ASD and refer them to identification services when appropriate. Families of young children seek out screening and identification services for a potential ASD as appropriate.
- There is improved coordination of screening and referral to ASD identification services for young children by public and private agencies and individuals.
- Older children and adults receive appropriate screening and identification services from health care providers (primary care providers, medical specialists, mental health professionals) and in educational settings (including student health centers at colleges).
- There is a standard multidisciplinary process for the identification of children and adults with ASD, which is used in both educational, health care, and other agency settings.
What does this mean for our district?
We will be training staff on the recommended process for identifying children and adults with ASD. This will happen beginning in February.
What assessment tools will we use?
We still have a fair amount of protocols for the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-2 (GARS-2), Gilliam Asperger’s Disorder Scale (GADS), and Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS). We will continue to use these until June 2011.
Additional assessments now available are the Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition (CARS-2), Autism Screening Instrument for Educational Planning, Third Edition (ASIEP-3), and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).