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Cultural Validity in Assessment Instruments for Children with Autism from a Chinese Cultural Perspective
International Journal of Special Education (2006)
  • Jie Zhang, Tennessee Technological University
  • John J. Wheeler, Tennessee Technological University
  • Dean Richey, Tennessee Technological University
Abstract
Autism is a chronic developmental disorder characterized by impairments in the areas of social interaction, communication, and repetitive behavior. Early detection followed by early intervention is likely to provide the best chance of long-term beneficial outcome for those children with autism. As demonstrated from research findings, it is important to use developmentally appropriate assessment tools for early detection, diagnosis, and evidence-based interventions. In a diversified society as the United States, it is extremely important to provide cultural competent services to children with autism and their families from diverse cultural backgrounds. The purpose of this paper is to examine from a Chinese cultural perspective the qualities of
cultural validity in four assessment instruments designed for young children with autism.
Keywords
  • autism,
  • developmental disorder,
  • social interaction,
  • communication,
  • repetitive behavior,
  • interventions
Publication Date
2006
Citation Information
Jie Zhang, John J. Wheeler and Dean Richey. "Cultural Validity in Assessment Instruments for Children with Autism from a Chinese Cultural Perspective" International Journal of Special Education Vol. 21 Iss. 1 (2006) p. 109 - 114 ISSN: 0827-3383
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john-wheeler/63/