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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Definition

Autism Spectrum Disorder is recognised by the department if a diagnosis is provided by a registered paediatrician, psychiatrist or neurologist specifying the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5, 2013).

Departmental Criteria

Verification for the EAP category of Autism Spectrum Disorder is based on two criteria.

Criterion 1: There is a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Criterion 2: The identified Autism Spectrum Disorder results in activity limitations and participation restrictions for the student at school requiring significant education adjustments.

Evidence

Criterion 1: There is a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The department recognises a diagnosis that:

This diagnosis must be documented on Part B of the EAP Verification Form - ASD (EAP 3). This form has a review option for specialists to specify if a review of the diagnosis is required.

Criterion 2: The identified Autism Spectrum Disorder results in activity limitations and participation restrictions for the student at school requiring significant education adjustments.

Evidence includes:

Criterion 2 information is to be completed by the student's teacher with support from the school team. In a high school setting the student's teacher would be a teacher with an overview of what specific significant adjustments are currently in place in all subject areas.

Evidence to confirm the diagnosis and the resulting educational impact must be reported on the EAP Verification Form - ASD (EAP 3). Supporting documentation may be submitted to assist the verification process.

Review of Verification

At the time of verification the statewide verifier will determine:

This decision will be guided by the following factors:

All verification review dates will be recorded on AIMS in OS by the statewide verifier. Where a medical specialist has specified a review date for the diagnosis, this will be recorded on AIMS in OS as the review date for Criterion 1.

For a review of verification, the school follows the same steps as for an initial verification. It is important for schools to check whether both Criterion 1 and Criterion 2 need to be reviewed or only Criterion 2.

Removal from the EAP category of Autism Spectrum Disorder

In some instances, a student's impairment, activity limitations and participation restrictions or associated education adjustments may no longer meet the criteria for the EAP category of Autism Spectrum Disorder. To end a student's active verification record for the category, evidence that the student no longer meets criteria must be collected and recorded by completing the EAP Verification Form - ASD (EAP 3).

Evidence required for removal due to not meeting criteria:

Criterion 1 - EAP Verification Form - ASD (EAP 3) completed by a registered paediatrician, psychiatrist or neurologist stating the student does not meet the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder:

and/or

Criterion 2 - completed Criterion 2 form indicates significant education adjustments related to the Autism Spectrum Disorder are not required for the student at school.

Verification Form

Use EAP Verification Form - ASD (EAP 3)- available on the EAP verification forms webpage.

Prompts for ASD Criterion 2 have been developed to assist with the completion of the Criterion 2 section. The prompts can be used as a guide to help school teams to individualise reporting on the needs and related adjustments relevant for a particular student.

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This page was last reviewed on 23 Jan 2014

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