An evidence-based practice assessment of efficacious diagnostics for bilingual children with suspected autism spectrum disorders



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The purpose of this study was to determine the best type of diagnostics to use in kindergarten aged bilingual children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) using evidence-based practices. The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) and American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) journal databases were used to find citations. The following outcome terms were used: diagnosis, assessment, screener, standard, Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, CAST, Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test-II, Primary Care Screener, Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale, Autism Behavior Checklist, Autism Quotient- Adolescent Version, Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire, Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Gilliam Asperger’s Disorder Scale, Krug Asperger’s Disorder Index, Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test-II, Screening Tool for Autism in Two-Year-Olds, Social Communication Questionnaire. The Autism Diagnostics Interview-Revised was found to be the most efficacious screener for bilingual English-Spanish children.