Diagnostic Assessment

Diagnostic Assessment & Evaluation of Autism

Evaluation of autism spectrum disorders is complex and needs to include direct observation as well as information from parents, teachers, caregivers, spouses, and other professionals working with the individual. All this information needs to be integrated to create a comprehensive picture of the individual’s strengths and weakness so that the evaluation goes beyond giving a diagnosis but lays out a plan for helping the individual fulfill his/her full potential. Spectrum uses gold standard assessment procedures such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) as well as other assessment tools. Our Licensed Clinical Psychologists are specialized in working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

The evaluation process includes an intake interview in which one caregiver and the child must be present.

At this intake session, background information will be gathered and informal observations will be made. Parents or adult clients are encouraged to bring copies of any prior testing, FSIPs, IEPs, summaries of other therapies such as OT or Speech, pertinent medical records, and any other records that might be helpful during the evaluation process. After this initial session, it will be determined whether further assessment to rule out an autism spectrum disorder is warranted. After testing is completed, parents/caregivers and/or the client will meet with the psychologist to discuss findings. Parents/caregivers or adult clients will receive a written report detailing the results of the evaluation and recommendations. Attendance at IEP meetings by the psychologist or other actions of advocacy is available for a nominal fee.

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