Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) 2nd Edition

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Author(s) : Robyn Young, Neil Brewer, Yong-Hwee Nah & Alliyza Lim

Publisher : ACER Press, 2022


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Screen children aged between 12–36 months
for ASD or autistic tendencies

The Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) 2nd Edition enables early detection of ASD or autistic tendencies and can enable much-needed support at an early stage of development.

ADEC 2nd Edition is an effective, validated, play-based online screening tool that identifies and details behaviours that can indicate autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autistic tendencies in children aged 12–36 months.

The ADEC can be administered in one of two ways:

  1. In person by an allied health professional (ADEC)
  2. By the child’s caregiver as directed by an allied health professional through a live video conference (ADEC-V).

Upon completion of the screener, administrators will receive an online report outlining the likelihood of ASD in the child screened and the suggested follow-up, including potential further screening and a referral for a more formal diagnosis. This allows for much-needed support at an early stage of development, which is a contributor to successful intervention.

ADEC Key Features

  • Ability to screen children aged between 12–36 months for ASD or autistic tendencies
  • Assists in identifying specific behaviours that require intervention
  • Able to discriminate ASD behaviours from learning disabilities and other developmental disorders with a high level of sensitivity and specificity
  • Updated research data on the psychometric properties of the first edition of the ADEC.
  • Quick and easy to administer online using everyday materials
  • Administrators receive an online report upon completion of the screener, including the overall score, likelihood of ASD in the child screened, and suggested follow-up
  • Can be used with little training by general practitioners, maternal and child healthcare nurses, allied healthcare professionals, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and special needs educators
  • Includes accompanying videos including an introduction lecture and two screener demonstrations.

Online Scoring & Reporting

Online scoring and reporting for the ADEC 2nd Edition will be available on the ACER Psych Testing Platform, which offers:

  • easy to use candidate management capabilities
  • single or bulk candidate upload
  • in-built customer communication features
  • instant candidate reporting capabilities
  • a personalised online store that is always accessible
  • a dedicated support team

Robyn Young, PhD

Robyn Young's interest in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) began while studying for her PhD in Savant Syndrome. This work became the subject of an ABC documentary, Uncommon Genius. She went on to develop both the first and second editions of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood screener (Young, 2007; Young, Brewer, Nah & Lim, 2022), which clearly operationalise early behaviours indicative of ASD. Robyn has further collaborated with her colleagues at Flinders University to develop the SPECTRA intervention program (Young, Partington & Goren, 2009). She has also published a book on preparing autistic children for school Ready, Set, Learn! (Moffat & Young, 2017).

Neil Brewer, PhD

Neil Brewer’s PhD and early research career focused on cognitive processing deficits associated with intellectual disability, and he taught predominantly on psychological assessment and cognition and learning in association with intellectual disability. Although in the latter half of his career his main focus has been in the area of forensic psychology, he has maintained an ongoing research program concerned with various aspects of ASD, including early detection in young children and the relationship between social-cognitive difficulties and criminal vulnerability in adults.

Yong-Hwee Nah, PhD

Yong-Hwee is an Educational Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has more than two decades of working experience in special educational needs, having worked in special schools as a school psychologist, in a hospital’s paediatric clinic as a senior psychologist and as a consultant psychologist in various private clinics. He specialises in the identification of ASD and both his research and clinical interests lie in the early detection of ASD in young children, as well as understanding and supporting individuals with ASD across their lifespan.

Alliyza Lim, PhD

Alliyza Lim has an interest in applied research that aims to improve the wellbeing of people on the autism spectrum. Her PhD research focused on understanding perceptions of individuals with ASD in the criminal justice system. In addition to investigating the early detection of ASD in young children, she is also involved in research on how ASD may co-occur with other mental health conditions such as PTSD and eating disorders.

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