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Bibic are doing a home visit next week and therapist will be doing the GARS test!???

(17 Posts)
mysonben Thu 15-Oct-09 11:18:42

Anyone knows of it?
I asked if they could do the CARS , and therapist said as DS is nearly 4, the Gilliam autism rating scale would be more appropiate and that it was a newer test that the CARS.

Anyone with experience of it?
Thanks ladies.

BobbingForPeachys Thu 15-Oct-09 11:21:04

Vey limites experience (may have a copy somewhere but not sure)

Can cofirm though that theprofessionals on my course donow prefer GARS, I will see if ds4 will let me grabb my notes about it.

cyberseraphim Thu 15-Oct-09 11:23:28

DS1 has had the GARS test. It was quite useful and does not take a long time to do. We got a score of 89. I did find it online once but not sure where now.

BobbingForPeachys Thu 15-Oct-09 11:27:03

Nope,not got GArs- bt think its genrally considerd a good thing to use

mysonben Thu 15-Oct-09 11:39:39

Thanks,
just wanted to make sure the test was suitable for all levels of asd, as DS is mildly affected, with language been the biggest issue.
Will have to wait and see.

cyberseraphim Thu 15-Oct-09 11:40:40

I think it is fine for high level ASD - there is a language part of it for verbal children and some of questions are for high level issues.

BobbingForPeachys Thu 15-Oct-09 11:48:41

A few sites on line seem to mention AS so I would agree HFA but I know some use it for all.

Who is coming from BIBIC <<nosey>>

mysonben Thu 15-Oct-09 12:52:24

Cheers ladies that's reassuring. wink

BobbingforP, a man called Graham will be our therapist. I don't know his surname.
Do you know him?

BobbingForPeachys Thu 15-Oct-09 12:59:45

yep, we met him.

You will be fine- first person to pick up ds3's asd two years or so ago. Could tell so many things about him.

He is (or was) their asd guru

mysonben Thu 15-Oct-09 13:14:29

Thanks BFP, that is brilliant news. That is a bog load of my mind. smile

mysonben Thu 15-Oct-09 13:15:51

"big" not bog! he he he...

lou031205 Thu 15-Oct-09 13:34:27

Hi mysonben, did they offer to visit at home, or did you ask?

FranklyIDontGiveAMam Thu 15-Oct-09 13:58:53

I spoke to Graham - what a lovely guy. I would trust everything he says.

I understand that the CARS is much more crude and usually indicates that a child should be assessed for a dx, rather than tell anything useful. It is a bit black and white. You come out not autistic, mild-moderate, or severe.

The GARS as I understand it, is a bit more informative and actually rates each of the triads. I've had both done and feel that whilst the CARS says my ds is severe, the GARS is more optimistic by saying that the likelihood of my ds having autism is 'very likely'. Subtle difference but one is more friendly I feel.

debs40 Thu 15-Oct-09 16:15:41

Good luck mysonben. We have our two day assessment in December. How did you get a home visit?

mysonben Thu 15-Oct-09 22:55:38

Thank you for replies.

Well we had booked a 2 days assessemnet , then about 10 days later Bibic rang me to offer a home visit as they just got some new funding to allow therapists to travel to neighbouring counties i was told.
So we accepted the offer , and voila!

The visit is next wednesday, will update of course. wink

debs40 Thu 15-Oct-09 23:05:55

Oh, yes, do, they sounded so lovely on the phone and I think it is such a great thing to do for those of us stuck waiting for useless NHS depts to diagnose!

mysonben Thu 15-Oct-09 23:09:40

That is true for me too, they were lovely on the phone, and we got our appointment sorted out quickly and within 6 weeks , i was impressed!

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