The Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) is an assessment used to screen for autistic tendencies in young children, from 12 months to 3 years of age. Those at risk can be screened and referred for a more formal diagnosis, enabling much-needed support at an early stage of development - an important contributor to successful intervention.
The ADEC Score Sheets are used to record the 60 behaviours that are observed, which are given a rating of 0, 1 or 2. 0 indicates normal behaviour, whilst 2 reflects possible autistic behaviour. Scores are totalled up to provide an overall score, which indicates the risk of autism in the child.
The score sheet provides information on areas of concern and possible interventions, what the overall score means and suggested follow ups.
One score sheet is required per child assessed.