Di Rezze, B., Rosenbaum, P., Zwaigenbaum, L., Hidecker, M.J.C., Stratford, P., Cousins, M., Camden, C. and Law, M. (2016), Developing a classification system of social communication functioning of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. Dev Med Child Neurol, 58: 942-948. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.13152
Summary of the article:
This brand new article discusses the development of the Classification System of social communication functioning of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. The article explores the difficulties in operationalising the severity of Autism which leads to difficulties in service planning. This tool proposes the use of communication functional level, not discriminating against the use of AAC, but rather focusing on client’s ability to communicate effectively to predict functional outcomes.
The tool is open source and links to it are provided in the course. Much in the same way the GMFCS has been used in the Cerebral Palsy field, it is hoped this tool will provide common descriptions of everyday communicative abilities of children with ASD that can be used by parents and professionals.