The formal assessment process can be daunting for parents of children with autism. By using highly technical language and focusing on “deficit performance,” assessments can often overwhelm and dishearten parents. In addition, outcomes are rarely explained in terms that parents can use to set goals for their children. The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Parent’s Guide to Assessment serves to provide the tools to better understand the assessment process and, subsequently, utilize assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for your child.
Topics covered in the assessment guide include:
- The strengths and weaknesses of the assessment process
- The technical language contained in the reports
- Who is qualified to complete an assessment
- What specific assessment tools measure
- How to interpret the results in a way that informs proactive, individual decision making