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Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria Lead to Revision of Diagnostic Tools

Jun 17, 2013 -- 8:26 pm
If you are the parent of a child or adolescent or adult with high-functioning autism (HFA) or (DSM-IV) Asperger Syndrome (AS), a professional who supports a learner with HFA/AS or a person on the spectrum, would you please follow this link to help Brenda Smith Myles and her colleagues (Dr. Stacey Bock and Dr. Richard Simpson update the ASDS:

Dr. Stacey Jones Bock from the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University, with Drs. Brenda Myles and Richard Simpson on an exciting research project entitled, “The Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale- Revised: Outlining characteristics of individuals with high-functioning autism.” I am inviting parents or caregivers and professionals (ie. pediatricians, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers) who have worked with or supported a student with a diagnosis of Asperger Disorder to participate. The purpose of this study is to identify diagnostic characteristics of individuals on the high functioning or previously the ‘Asperger-end’ of the autism spectrum. This information will be used in professional presentations and to inform the revision of the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale, originally published in 2000.
If you are willing to participate in this project, I would like to ask you to complete a short survey. The completion of the survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Please be assured that your participation in this study is absolutely voluntary. There will be no penalties of any kind and your choice to participate will not be divulged to anyone. There is a minimal risk of loss of confidentiality. In order to minimize this risk, I will not collect IP addresses or personal contact information. Please complete the survey in an environment in which you are comfortable. In addition, all survey data will be reported in aggregate in professional presentations and publications. I, Dr. Jones Bock, will store all the data on my password-protected computer under lock and key in my office in DeGarmo Hall or secured in my personal domicile. Computer data will be deleted 5 years after I publish or present the findings.
If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Stacey Jones Bock at (309) 438-7884 or If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study, please contact the Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Research Ethics & Compliance Office at (309) 438-2529.
Research at Illinois State University that involves human participants is carried out under the oversight of the Institutional Review Board. Questions or problems regarding these activities should be addressed to IRB Chairperson, Research Ethics & Compliance Office, Campus Box 3330, Normal, IL 61790-3330, or phone (309) 438-2529.
If you agree to participate in this study, please link to Characteristics of Individuals with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and complete the online survey.
Thank you,
Stacey Jones Bock

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