In a paper published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, lead author Dr. Briano Di Rezze described a new classification system for social communication abilities in children with ASD. Dr. Di Rezze, a scientist with CanChild and an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at McMaster’s School of Rehabilitation Science, noted that, “This is not a test, but more like describing the colours of a rainbow,” focusing on what the child can do instead of what they can’t do. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the system was created by a team of senior researchers and clinicians, led by CanChild, and tested by parents and professionals across the country.
Excerpted from McMaster Daily News. http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/colours-of-autism-spectrum-described-by-canchild-researchers/