Interrater reliability of early childhood education professionals involved in developmental surveillance for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions

Beth Mozolic-Staunton
Michelle Donelly

Jacqui Yoxall

Josephine Barbaro

Valid and reliable tools have recently been developed to accurately detect early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental challenges in children as young as 12 months of age. Translation of research findings to practice and policy through routine implementation of evidence-based tools in the community, particularly early childhood education and childcare settings, is limited. This study establishes that the interrater reliability (IRR) of early childhood educators in administering the Social Attention and Communication Surveillance System (SACS-R) is very high (k = 0.909).
This paper reports the results of the first step in the Right Kids, Right Time, Right Services project—a prospective cohort study that aims to implement and evaluate routine developmental surveillance for early signs of social and communication challenges in young children in childcare settings.

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood—Volume 42 Number 2 June 2017.

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