And how do I know if we've done the DISCO or ADI-R? We did a very lengthy interview with the clinical psychologist over 2 looooooong appointments so presumably did one of these but I don't know which one or if it even matters which one?
Hi Yes. My DS (6) saw a Community paediatrician this time last year, who diagnosed him on the strength of one meeting, where he was more interested in the toys, and really didn't like the way she spoke to him. We requested she perform the ADOS test to give us some actual data. It's also a benchmark, should we wish to have him reassessed.
If you accept the diagnosis, and how it was made, then fair enough. The ADOS is a snapshot. Other questionnaires allow you to record observations over a longer period of time, I would think. Some LEAs and healthcare professionals may place more weight on ADOS over ADI-R, and vice-versa.
Write to the Clinical Psychologist and ask them what diagnostic criteria they used.
Scratch that she has replied to my email quicker than expected (makes a change!)
"During X's assessment I used the ADI-R with you and your mother. As we have the advantage of having children in for 4 mornings a week over 4 weeks we use the direct observations of staff over the period of the assessment rather than the individual session used for an ADOS."
So I'm not sure if I should be pushing for ADOS or CARS as well or not?