ASD Social Communication Classification System Created (Source: Science Daily)

Classification is important in all aspects of the science community because it allows researchers to divide up their results to do in depth analyzing of very specific topics. In the medical field, doctors and researchers use classification to determine the proper diagnosis and treatment for a patient. In the world of autism spectrum disorder, researchers and doctors have struggled to determine the different stages of communication issues with children on the autism spectrum.
 
Due to a study at McMaster University, social communication problems can finally be pinpointed into levels of severity. This will allow for better understanding of ASD social issues for individual children.
 
McMaster University’s CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research created a system that will show precisely how mild or extreme the social communication issues are in children with autism.
 
The system is called the Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication that focuses on the child’s social communication skills, not lack of, like other methods have in the past.
 
The study was lead by Briano Di Rezze, a CanChild scientist and assistant professor of occupational therapy at McMaster’s School of Rehabilitation Science. She compares the variety classification of social communication skills to the color spectrum.
 
“This is not a test, but more like describing the colours of a rainbow,” Di Rezze said. “Currently we hear terms like ‘high-functioning’ or ‘low-functioning’ to describe children with ASD. However there is no common interpretation of what those terms mean, which makes them unreliable because clinicians, therapists, and parents aren’t using them in the same way.”
 
The system was built and tested by professionals and parents across the country. It was funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
 
The system uses “word pictures” to represent 5 levels of social communication in preschool children based off of what’s their best capacity and how they averagely perform.
 
For more information, check out the source for this blog post, Science Daily.
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