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Type of Measure: The Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication (ACSF:SC) is a five-level descriptive system based the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF). The tool is a way for therapists, teachers, clinicians, and parents to discuss what their child can do when (1) they are performing their best (capacity) and (2) what they typically do (typical performance). The results from this tool can be useful in describing a child’s communication abilities and also assist in identifying differences in ability based on environmental and contextual factors. via the CanChild website.

Target Population: Children between the ages of 3 and 6

Measurement properties and previous use: A study was conducted in the development process of this tool. Core characteristics of social communication were ascertained: communicative intent; communicative skills and reciprocity; and impact of environment was measured among 76 participants. Five ACSF:SC levels were created and content-validated across participants. Best capacity and typical performance agreement ratings varied as follows: intrarater agreement on 41 children was кw=0.61 to 0.69 for parents, and кw=0.71 to 0.95 for professionals; interrater agreement between professionals was кw=0.47 to 0.61, and between parents and professionals was кw=0.33 to 0.53.

Languages: English

Authors and Citation: Di Rezze, B., Rosenbaum, P., Zwaigenbaum, L., Hidecker, M. J. C., Stratford, P., Cousins, M., … & Law, M. (2016). Developing a classification system of social communication functioning of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

Licence: The CanChild website states: We are pleased to be able to offer the ACSF:SC User Guide and Tool at no cost for personal, non-commercial, and unfunded investigator-initiated studies.

Link to measure: ACSF-SC On right of page click ACSF:SC under the heading “Select a resource to download”.

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