Within children's services, frameworks for assessing outcomes have been developed in the absence of consultation with children with autistic spectrum disorders and their parents. The research reported here worked with parents, other key adults and children with autistic spectrum disorders to identify desired outcomes. It found similarities with non-autistic children in terms of the broad types of outcomes desired. However, the presence of autism meant either new or different sorts of outcomes were reported. Implications in terms of the ways outcomes for autistic children are defined and measured, and the role of services in achieving outcomes is discussed.
Beresford, B., Tozer, R., Rabiee, P. and Sloper, P. (2007) Desired outcomes for children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders, Children & Society, 21, 1, 4-16.