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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 1686–1692 | Cite as

The Interactive Trauma Scale: A Web-Based Measure for Children with Autism

  • Daniel W. HooverEmail author
  • Elizabeth M. G. Romero
Original Paper

Abstract

This study examined the feasibility, acceptability, and psychometric characteristics of a web-based touchscreen app prototype designed to assess self-reported trauma exposure and symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prototype was piloted with 20 clinically referred children previously diagnosed with ASD and having various known trauma exposures. User satisfaction and reported ease of use was high. The measure was sensitive to reports of teasing and bullying, endorsed by 75% and 70% of participants, respectively. Validity was assessed via comparisons with the UCLA Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Reaction Index and analysis of participants’ trauma exposures and symptoms. Clinical implications are discussed including issues of trauma screening, diagnosis, and treatment planning for traumatized youth with ASD.

Keywords

Autism Trauma Measure Web-based 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Measure development and this research were supported by a grant from the Verizon Wireless Company.

Author Contributions

DWH conceived of the study and the measure and drafted the manuscript. EMGR participated in the design of the study, coordinated the research, and helped to draft the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Child and Family Traumatic StressKennedy Krieger Institute; Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Gallaudet University, Counseling and Psychological ServicesWashingtonUSA

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