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Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent's Guide to Assessment


This guide provides parents with a practical understanding of the autism assessment process, equips them with the knowledge and confidence to become key participants in the process, and helps them learn to use assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for their child.

Topics include:
  • Definition, purposes, and uses of assessment 
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the assessment process 
  • Types of assessments and what each tool measures 
  • Finding the right assessment professional 
  • Translating the language of assessment into the child’s life plan
Links to the Tool:
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Danya International; Organization for Autism Research; Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

Funding Sources

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

QualityTool Topic



  • Release Date: 05/2008
  • Original Summary: 02/2009
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Last updated: September 30, 2009.