by Tamara J. Arthaud, Ph.D.
Copyright © 2011
The Asperger’s Disorder Assessment Scale (ADAS) was designed to contribute to early identification and service delivery for students with Asperger’s Disorder, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (2000).
The scale includes documentation for behavior observed in both school and residential settings which allows for a more comprehensive assessment of Asperger’s Disorder characteristics. It is useful for identification and progress-monitoring from ages 3 through 18 years of age.
The Asperger’s Disorder Intervention Manual is useful for developing targeted intervention strategies based upon the identified characteristics.
Characteristics and Components of the ADAS
- The ADAS was developed based on the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of Asperger’s Disorder.
- The ADAS School Version was standardized on a total of 3,413 students and provides separate norms for males and females 3 through 18 years of age.
- The ADAS was factor analyzed to create the factor clusters (subscales).
- The School and Home Versions can be completed in approximately 15 minutes and include 61 items easily observed and documented by educational personnel and parents/guardians.
- The Asperger’s Disorder Intervention Manual includes IEP goals, objectives, and interventions for all 61 items on the scale.