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J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Mar;42(3):455-9. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1255-4.

Brief report: the Autism Mental Status Examination: development of a brief autism-focused exam.

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Department of Psychiatry, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, USA.


The Autism Mental Status Examination (AMSE) described here 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. Subjects were independently administered the AMSE and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The ADOS was used to estimate the most effective criterion cut-off on the AMSE. A score of five or greater produced excellent sensitivity and good specificity in a high-risk sample. Internal consistency was acceptable and inter-rater reliability was good to excellent. Preliminary findings indicate excellent classification accuracy and suggest that the AMSE provides a rapid and reliable observational assessment in a high-risk population.

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