Interesting reading today about researchers at Cardiff University, King’s College London and the University of Bath have developed a potential checklist tool to help doctors detect hidden signs of autism in adults.
The new study, published today in Molecular Autism, they have devised a 31 compensatory strategies checklist to guide doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists in what to look for and ask to identify autism in adults.
The checklist was developed by asking autistic people what ‘social scripts’ they use and what ‘compensatory strategies’ they use during everyday social interactions.
Little is known about these strategies, and professionals are unaware of what to look for. The new checklist could help with assessing adults who appear to be non-autistic ’ on the surface, especially those who are highly intelligent.
The checklist may help improve awareness of more invisible features of autism to GPs. But can also be a tool to help adults understand their own behaviours. It should help improve awareness of the more invisible features of autism.
“Ultimately, this could mean that autistic people receive a more accurate and timely diagnosis.”
The 31-item Compensation Checklist, quantitative compensation scores were supported by the Medical Research Council UK and the National Institute for Health Research UK.
Simple checklists can make a difference in everyday life, not because they are this amazing cure but because our minds can not store everything. Use checklists as a guide, a prompt, so items are not missed or forgotten.
Checklists have been used in a number of ways within the health industry. Medical checklists have been used to reduce infection and reduce death in surgery as discussed in the Checklist Manifesto. But also for the doctor’s and staff’s mental health when the NHS devised the going home checklist.
Does the running of your business include several repetitive tasks? If there’s no guidance or procedure in place, it’s possible for some of the steps in the process to get forgotten. This is why checklists are important.
People get distracted, and when something gets forgotten, it’s much harder to recover than if they’d completed the task right in the first place.
Guidance every step of the way makes sure something is completed perfectly every time.
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We all carry enormous knowledge and experience that we want to apply effectively, but we are all prone to make mistakes. There’s only so much we can store in our heads without forgetting something. How to maximise our use of knowledge?
The simple answer to this problem is to use checklists.
How many types of checklists are there? Two. What are the two types of checklists? Read-Do and Do-Confirm checklists are about how you use checklists.
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A checklist is a way to document each step needed to complete a task. A detailed set of instructions, a guide of how something is done.
Checklist software allows you to document every step of a process to be used over and over again.
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