ASRS DSM-5 Scoring Update - June 2014
The ASRS has been updated to provide a new scoring option for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) Symptom Scales.
The ASRS now has the following scoring options for the MHS Online Assessment Center and the MHS Scoring Software:
- DSM-IV-TR: DSM Symptom Scale is scored based on the diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).
- DSM-5: DSM Symptom Scale is scored based on the diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).
Scoring Software users can download the software by clicking on "Check for Updates" under the HELP Menu within the Scoring Software. The MHS Online Assessment Center system has been updated automatically. After the updates have been installed, users will have the option to choose to score with the DSM-IV-TR or DSM-5 criteria.
Updated DSM-5 hand-scored forms for the ASRS Full Length Parent and Teacher forms are now available for purchase.
Note: DSM-IV-TR Quickscore forms will only be available until December 31, 2014.
Complete details regarding the ASRS DSM-5 scoring option is available via the ASRS DSM-5 Update: Technical Report 2. A copy can be obtained by contacting PAA.
MHS Online Assessment Center
The MHS Online Assessment Center offers access to online forms, administration scoring, and report generation at a fraction of the cost of traditional paper or software assessments. If you choose to purchase online forms on the new MHS Online Assessment Center, you will:
- Save time, by never having to order paper forms again
- Enjoy the convenience of assessing tests from your home, your office, and anywhere with a computer and Internet connection
- Receive instantly generated reports
- Benefit from significant cost savings
View the list of tools and online forms available using the Online Assessment Center.
Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D.
The ASRS was designed to effectively identify symptoms, behaviours, and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in children and adolescents aged 2 to 18.
This innovative instrument, authored by the highly respected Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., and Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., is a norm-referenced assessment based on a nationally representative sample, designed to identify symptoms, behaviors, and associated features of the full range of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The ASRS scale is an easy-to-use and convenient tool intended for psychologists, school psychologists, clinical social workers, physicians, counselors, psychiatric workers, and pediatric/psychiatric nurses.
The ASRS will assist you in the diagnostic process. ASRS items assess DSM-IV-TR™ symptom criteria for ASDs. When used in combination with other assessment information, results from the ASRS can help guide your diagnostic decisions, treatment planning, ongoing monitoring of response to intervention, and evaluating the effectiveness of a treatment program for a child with an ASD.
ASRS Scoring Update for Individuals Who Do Not Speak or Speak Infrequently
There has been a scoring update to the ASRS for individuals who do not speak or speak infrequently.
You can now chose one of the following scoring options when using Scoring Software or the MHS Online Assessment Center:
- The standard scoring method which can be continued to be used for the individual with limited speech.
- An alternative scoring method is now available for individuals who do not speak or speak infrequently.
Further details about the alreanative scoring method can be found by downloading the ASRS Technical Report #1.
How to Use the Assessment
Using a five-point Likert rating scale, parents and teachers are asked to evaluate how often they observed specific behaviours in the child or adolescent in areas such as socialisation, communication, unusual behaviours, behavioural rigidity, sensory sensitivity, and self-regulation.
You can choose between two versions: ASRS (2–5 Years) for ratings of children aged 2 to 5 and ASRS (6–18 Years) for ratings of children or adolescents aged 6 to 18. The ASRS can be easily and quickly completed and scored automatically with the ASRS online from any Internet connection. The ASRS can also be scored using the ASRS Scoring Software simply be entering responses from a completed paper-and-pencil administration into the software (ratings from paper-and pencil forms can also be scored online). Paper-and-pencil administrations on ASRS Quikscore forms can be scored by hand.
There is also a 15-item ASRS Short form available. The ASRS Short form provides an efficient way to screen large numbers of children for possible ASD and can be used for monitoring treatment progress.
Scales and Forms
- Unusual Behaviours
- Self-Regulation (ASRS [6–18 Years] only)
- Peer Socialisation
- Adult Socialisation
- Social/Emotional Reciprocity
- Atypical Language
- Behavioural Rigidity
- Sensory Sensitivity
- Attention/Self-Regulation (ASRS [2–5 Years] only)
- Attention (ASRS [6–18 Years] only)
The ASRS was standardised on 2,560 non-clinical cases from across the United States. The standardisation included 640 cases for the ASRS (2 to 5 Years) with 320 parent and 320 teacher forms. Additionally, it included 1,920 cases for the ASRS (6 to 18 Years), with 960 parent and 960 teacher forms. Over 1,200 clinical cases were also collected. The disorders in the clinical sample include: Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger's, Pervasive Developmental Disorder -Not Otherwise Specified)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
- And many more
You can depend on ASRS to back up your clinical decisions, as it has excellent reliability.
Interpretive Reports: Interpretive Reports are comprehensive and present scores numerically and graphically.
Progress Monitoring Reports: Progress Monitoring Reports compare the results of two to four administrations for the same individual to measure changes over time. These reports are ideal when monitoring treatment and intervention.
Comparative Reports: Comparative Reports allow for a multi-rater perspective by comparing results of up to five different raters.
Below are some samples of the available ASRS reports:
View Austism Spectrum Rating Scales Product Overview Brochure
2-5 YEARS REPORTS:
6-18 YEARS REPORTS:
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