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does anyone know anything about the GARS assessment for Autism?

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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Apparently our school district does the GARS assessment for Autism. I was able to find it online and I completed the questionnaire.

There's 4 different scores, one scored my girl has having a very low possibility of Autism, one scored her as an average possibility, and two scored her as a very high possibility. I only know one other person who's ever had this assessment done on their child, so I was hoping to get some more feed back on it.

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mandee1503
by Amanda on Dec. 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

No experience, but here's a bump!

Tinkerbellmama
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Thanks :)

Apparently it's the assessment our school district uses, but everything I can find about it says it's very unreliable (obviously as my daughter's scores are all over the place) and most professionals prefer not to use it. 

singlemotherof8
by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

My granddaughter's school didn't do an assessment on her. They went by what a child neurologist tested her on besides how she moved around and couldn't focus and other things. I felt she had some sort of autism the way she was doing or not doing things. Of course she is in a charter school and they may do it different then a regular school.

natesmom1228
by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I just took the GARS test for my son. I haven't heard from the Autism Clinic about the results, all of the scores put him at high possibility. I am waiting to get him in to the clinic for more testing.

It was very long and drawn out.

angelachristine
by Member on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM
For a second I was confused my dd took the cars assessment but I don't know anything about the gars.
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Tinkerbellmama
by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

My girl has been diagnosed (in order): ODD, severe ADHD, mood disorder-NOS, and SPD.

We've had concerns with Aspergers/high functioning Autism for almost 2 years now and keep getting the run around. Our ped kept telling us "it's ADHD that's it" and refused to consider anything else. We finally got a second opinion and we referred to another round of behavior therapy and finally an OT. That's when th SPD and mood disorder-NOS were diagnosed. ODD came from our first round of behavior therapy, and ADHD came from the fact that when we tried a stimulant it did help calm her.

The problem was the adderall made her SUPER emotional. We had hysterical crying jags ALL the time, and it messed with her appetite and she rarely ate much of anything. She's currently on guanfacine (.5 mg in the morning and 1 mg in the afternoon).

I'm just so sick of having road blocks thrown up left and right trying to get a freaking evaluation. I've brought it PAGES of notes along with the current diagnostic criteria for Aspergers, only to be told "Thank  you for the information." And that's it. All I want is for my girl to have her needs met. 

letstalk747
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

 yes , my son- now 12 has had it  probly 3 times thru school

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Dec. 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I've never heard of it to be honest.  My son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 18 months old and the diagnosis came from a doctor and not a school.  They used something similar but a little different.  Hugs mama!

Tinkerbellmama
by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM


Quoting darbyakeep45:

I've never heard of it to be honest.  My son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 18 months old and the diagnosis came from a doctor and not a school.  They used something similar but a little different.  Hugs mama!

It seems more like a classic Autism evaluation rather than an all encompassing ASD. Our concern is with Aspergers. We've been trying to get an evaluation/assessment from a specialist for 2 years now and keep getting the run around. "Well, she makes eye contact and speaks, so she's fine."

I actually wrote PAGES of notes for the doctor that I then turned into a huge blog post because I was so frustrated by being told that they wouldn't even recommend an assessment. I went so far as to take my notes and put them into each section of the diagnostic criteria for Aspergers...

http://ryderfamilyvancouver.blogspot.com/2012/09/criteria-for-aspergers-and-why-i-think.html

annelauer
by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:37 PM
Can you get a referral from your pediatrician to an autism center at a children's hospital? The waits are long, but the testing is very thorough. Good luck.
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