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Attention Deficit Disorder is a term used to describe a condition where the person is experiences a persistent pattern of inattention above the levels expected for their mental and chronological age
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assessment


Process of gauging the development, strengths and weaknesses of a child/person carried out by trained professionals using internationally recognised assessment tools specific to their discipline in tandem with observation and parental/carers input.
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asperger’s syndrome


An autistic spectrum disorder where difficulties with social interaction and related communication, rigidity in routine, activities and interests , sensory and stereotypical behaviours exist alongside normal cognitive functioning and language development.
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autism diagnostic observation schedule


A semi-structures standardized assessment measure of communication, social interaction and play for individuals suspected with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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autistic spectrum


A term used to describe the range of abilities and disabilities across the autistic community which can be defined as Severe, Moderate, Mild, High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS.
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augmentative and alternative communication


The use of other tools to enable a child to develop communication and/or language skills. They may include sign language, PECS (seebelow) and assistive technology (see below).
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cognitive functioning


A term used to define the intellectual capacity of an individual based upon the assessment of a wide range of skill, non verbal practical reasoning skills, memory and processing speed.
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developmental domains


The cluster of various skills relating to one area of development ie, speech and language development, motor development, social and personal skills, daily skills and practical reasoning skills.
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diagnosis


The recognition of a disability, disorder or condition, as defined by specific characterists or symptoms.
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dsm-iv-tr


The official system for classification of psychological and psychiatric disorders prepared and published by the American Psychiatric Association and one of the internationally recognised diagnostic tools for ASD.
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