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Type of Measure: [quoting their first paper] The Autism Mental Status Examination (AMSE) is an eight-item observational assessment that prompts the observation and recording of signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The AMSE is intended to take place seamlessly in the context of a clinical exam and produces a total score. [quoting their second paper]: The AMSE’s intended use is for clinicians with competence in ASD diagnosis who do not have the capacity to administer standardized observational assessments.

Target Population: High-risk ASD populations of all ages. Their first study included individuals from 18 months to 38 years. A subsequent study found good performance among verbally fluent adults.

Measurement properties and previous use: The AMSE shows a strong ability to discriminate between individuals that do and do not have ASD. AMSE classifications have been compared to ADOS scores and also best-estimate clinical diagnoses. In high-risk samples, the AMSE shows good sensitivity, specificity, and high positive predictive value. The area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve ranged from 0.89 to 0.97 depending on whether it was compared to clinical diagnoses or ADOS classifciations.

Languages: English is available now. Translations to other languages are in progress.

Authors and Citation: Autism Mental Status Exam. David M. Grodberg, M.D. and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 2011.

  1. Grodberg D, Weinger PM, Halpern D, Parides M, Kolevzon A, Buxbaum JD. The Autism Mental Status Exam: Sensitivity and Specificity Using DSM-5 Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Verbally Fluent Adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2014;44(3):609-614. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1917-5.

  2. Grodberg D, Weinger PM, Kolevzon A, Soorya L, Buxbaum JD. Brief Report: The Autism Mental Status Examination: Development of a Brief Autism-Focused Exam. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2012;42(3):455-459. doi:10.1007/s10803-011-1255-4.

Licence: Explained here Free for non-commercial use; reprints must include authors copyright; must ask permission to modify AMSE; contact author to make translations.
Of note, the entire website (containing the training materials) appears to be licensed under the Creative Commons.

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