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|Title:||How parents build a case for Autism Spectrum Disorder during initial assessments: “We’re fighting a losing battle”|
|Authors:||O'Reilly, Michelle J.|
Lester, Jessica N.
|Citation:||Discourse Studies, 2017,19(1), pp. 69-83|
|Abstract:||Integral to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the initial assessment through which the existence of a ‘problem’ is first ascertained. Despite this, there remains limited research on this early part of the diagnostic pathway. In this paper, we utilised conversation analysis to examine relevant issues in relation to the practitioner-family interactions that take place within this initial assessment context. Our findings illustrated that parents typically first raised the possibility of the presence of an ASD diagnosis through ‘building a case’, which professionals were then able to ratify or negate. Further, we found that the assessments unfolded sequentially and clinical decisions were typically reached through a distinctive pattern of interaction. These findings have important implications for clinical practice, including for the study of ASD assessments and diagnosis.|
|Rights:||Copyright © 2017, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Sociology|
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