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Taiwan Autism Study

PingTung City, Taiwan


Summary

Behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may be present as early as in the first year of life; however, many children with ASDs receive their diagnosis late, remain undiagnosed, or are misdiagnosed. A delay in identifying the disorders or an inaccurate diagnosis has long-term implications for outcome, as early intervention has demonstrated being the most effective treatment for ASDs at the current time. A reliable ASD diagnosis requires a comprehensive evaluation using standardized instruments. Of the available standardized diagnostic instruments for ASDs, the Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R) are the most commonly used. Currently, both the ADOS and ADI-R are available in twelve languages, and although Chinese mandarin is the primary language for 1.2 billion people worldwide, it is not among these twelve languages. The unavailability of these diagnostic tools in Chinese has been one of the major barriers for autism researchers who conduct research in Chinese speaking populations. To fill the gap and facilitate future autism research in Chinese speaking populations, this application proposes to 1) translate and adapt the ADOS and ADI-R into Chinese mandarin, 2) train Chinese-speaking clinicians to become research reliable on the ADOS and ADI-R, and to 3) establish reliabilities and validities of Chinese versions of the ADOS and ADI-R.

Dates

  • Start Date: 
    07/01/2007
  • End Date: 
    06/30/2010

Locations

  • PingTung City, Taiwan - selected city

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