Learning Objectives

CADE in Adult Populations

Learning Objectives: CADE in Adult Populations


Provide a clear and digestible framework (CADE) to address symptom areas, differential and comorbid diagnosis, and integrate ethical guidelines and practice in an adult diagnostic evaluation for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Accurate and appropriate diagnosis allows those serving adults on the Autism Spectrum to plan optimal intervention services. Our program intends to address the ethical issue of Competence for clinicians working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.


  1. Describe the peer-reviewed research on assessment measures for adults being evaluated for ASD to improve ethical practice, reach diagnostic clarity, and direct service delivery for those on the Autism Spectrum
  2. List the stages of social development, the rationale behind each of these, and explain how these present for an adult with ASD to achieve accurate and ethical diagnoses and direct clients to appropriate services
  3. Demonstrate how to interpret data from autism assessment measures for adults and integrate with other data in an assessment to be wholly comprehensive, sensitive to issues of diversity (e.g., females, populations with low IQ) and provide clarity and direction for clients
  4. Describe specific daily living skills that are observable red flags for autism in adults (e.g., hygiene, functional communication, and eating) so clinicians can provide clients research-based intervention and support for these areas of need
  5. Describe supplementary areas of assessment and the symptoms within each that are listed in peer-reviewed research for autism assessment and rule out of autism in adult populations (e.g., attention, learning, executive functioning)
  6. Utilize the 3 Pillars of Assessment (data/profile analysis, observations and interviews) for accurate analysis of data for comprehensive assessment and direction to appropriate supports and services
  7. Discuss differential and comorbid diagnosis, reviewing peer-reviewed research in the areas of emotional and behavioral concerns, such as Trauma/Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Personality Disorders, so clinicians can recognize and differentiate these disorders from autism and improve ethical practice to serve adults who have complex diagnostic profiles providing them hope and resources to lead productive lives free from unfair discrimination based on disability

CLEAR Child Psychology has no conflicts of interest.