Social Validation of the New England Center for Children-Core Skills Assessment
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We investigated the social validity of the NECC Core Skills Assessment (NECC-CSA) with parents and professionals as participants. The NECC-CSA is a measurement tool consisting of direct and indirect measures of skills important to all individuals with autism, across the lifespan. Participants (N = 245) were provided with a list of 66 skills, 47 of which were Core Skills from the NECC-CSA, and were asked to indicate which items they considered to be foundational. Participants endorsed items from the NECC-CSA as foundational skills, more than they endorsed the other items. Differences between parents and professionals are described and detailed with respect to individual assessment items. The NECC-CSA consists of socially validated skills that can be taken as a starting point for programs of instruction for individuals with ASDs.
KeywordsAutism Assessment Social validation Foundational skills Goal selection Evidence-based practices
We thank Beth Bellone and Susan Langer for their assistance in conducting this study, and we thank the parents and professionals who volunteered their participation. We also thank Brian Ayotte for his assistance with statistical analysis and interpretation.
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