Getting It Right: Differentiating Autism From Other Conditions (MS010)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:00 PM–1:50 PM

  • PMD: 1,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder that are shared by other developmental and mental health problems
  2. improve the accuracy of school-based identification of Autism through a nuanced analysis of data
  3. explain to parents and teachers conclusions that may not agree with assumptions underlying the initial referral, and the implications of the eligibility decision for programming


Autism classifications significantly affect the CDC's estimated prevalence of ASD. Because of multiple overlaps of presenting symptoms across DSM 5 disorders and educational eligibility categories, school teams must look beyond surface-level characteristics of “autistic-like” behaviors. This session will help participants identify ASD characteristics shared+AH101 by other developmental and psychiatric problems, improve accuracy of school-based autism identification, and explain to parents and teachers unanticipated conclusions (given initial assumptions) and implications of the eligibility decision for programming.

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Abby Royston, Winward District Office, Kaneohe, HI

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