Re-doing a Gilliam Autism Rating Scale?

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Registered: 06-26-2003
Re-doing a Gilliam Autism Rating Scale?
Fri, 09-26-2003 - 11:27am
Hello everyone,

I'm shucking my lurker's trenchcoat this morning to ask your opinions on this: what do you all make of the school system wanting me to complete a Gilliam Autism Rating Scale as part of my son's triennial re-evaluation? Color me clueless, but I thought it was used as part of the diagnostic process (which it was for us in May of 2000 as part of a multi-discipline evaluation) exclusively. It srikes me very odd that they want me to do it and I wonder what the agenda may be (I don't have any faith in the local school system). My son is diagnosed PDD-NOS, relatively mild (bad enough!), and has made significant strides thanks to intensive early intervention over the past 3.5 years. As I look at the GARS, I see items that once would've been marked much more strongly "autistic-y" (hope that makes sense) which have changed to much less so thanks to more moderate or changed behavior. I'm sure you seasoned moms out there know that if all it took to make the PDD-NOS go away was a change in paperwork, I'd be giddy with glee; however, that isn't how it goes. Thus, though there've been many improvements and progress achieved, the kiddo still clearly has issues. I'm wondering if the school system is trying to use the GARS to say, "oh, your child no longer has an autism spectrum disorder, ma'am!" I wonder if I'm being paranoid or just misinformed or??? so I wanted to seek your opinions. Well, what do you think?



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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 09-26-2003 - 2:58pm