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A 3-step approach to diagnosing Asperger’s and high-functioning Autism.

32117 Monteiro Interview Guidelines Diagnose Aspergers (MIGDAS Kit
32117R MIGDAS Forms, Pk/10 each Pre-Interview, Student,Tchr & Diag.
32117M MIGDAS Manual


A 3-step approach to diagnosing Asperger’s and high-functioning Autism.
Marilyn J. Monteiro, Ph. D.

  • Age Range: Verbal preschoolers, school-age children and teens
  • Time: Pre-Interview-15-30 minutes
    Parent-60-90 minutes
    Teacher-30-45 minutes
    Student-45-60 minutes

The MIGDAS provides an efficient, systematic way to gather and organize diagnostic information needed to diagnose Asperger's Syndrome and differentiate various forms of highfunctioning Autism. It provides a rich, detailed, qualitative description of the student's distinctive way of relating to the world. By using a team-based model, as well as parent, teacher and student interviews, this diagnostic process integrates multiple sources of information and expertise from various disciplines. This provides the team a full understanding of the student, for a well-prepared discussion of diagnostic impressions and recommendations with all parties
involved. Included in the MIGDAS are a Pre-Interview Checklist, completed by the evaluation team, followed by Parent and Teacher Interviews and the Diagnostic Student Interview. With the information gathered, a detailed narrative report, with diagnostic impressions and recommendations, can be provided to parents and teachers.

Pre-Interview Checklist
Looks at 11 broad areas, in which a student with Asperger’s is likely to display difficulties

  • Cognitive Level
  • Academic Achievement
  • Preoccupations and Interests
  • Physical Coordination
  • Anxiety Level
  • Affective Vocabulary
  • Social Skills
  • Sensory Issues
  • Organizational Skills
  • Language and Communication History
  • Previous and Current Diagnoses

Each areas is assessed with two “Yes/No” questions, drawing information from the student’s records, and brief conversations with parents and teachers. If the student has at least one “Yes” in each category, a full evaluation for Asperger’s is warranted.

Parent and Teacher Interviews
Obtain background information about the student


  • Routines
  • Interests
  • Special Concerns
  • Social, Emotional and Sensory Behaviors
  • Developmental and Medical History


  • Academic Performance
  • Emotional Expression at School
  • Organizational Skills
  • Social Relationships with Peers and Adults
  • Classroom Behavior
  • Response to Transition Times
  • Communication Style
  • Interests
  • Physical Movement

Diagnostic Student Interview
The heart of the diagnostic process

  • Language and Communication
  • Social Relationships and Emotional Responses
  • Sensory Use and Interests

Detailed prompts and behavioral descriptions guide evaluators as they go through an interactive,
dynamic interview with the student. This section also uses sensory-based toys (not included)
and materials, focusing on the student’s interests. This provides an opportunity to see if a pattern
of behavior associated with Asperger’s is displayed.

Guidelines Manual
A step-by-step guide

Tells team members how to conduct the parent, teacher and student interviews; what to consider
in forming diagnostic impressions; provides guidance on feedback; appropriate educational
recommendations, and writing the narrative report.

The MIGDAS Kit includes 10 each of the Pre-Interview Checklists, Parent and Teacher Interview Booklets, Diagnostic Student Interview Booklets and a Manual. Sensory-based toys and materials are not provided, and must be purchased separately from sources listed in the Manual. Continuing Education credit can be earned (3CE credits) for mastering the MIGDAS Manual. Questionnaire must be ordered separately, and returned for credit.