Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation
We provide autism assessments to assess an individual’s level of functioning, provide diagnostic clarification, and help guide treatment recommendations. Evaluations are individualized based on individual and family needs. An autism evaluation typically includes the following components:
- Intake Interview: this initial interview provides us with an opportunity to obtain background information and learn more about your concerns.
- The Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R): the ADI-R is considered to be the “gold standard” interview when assessing an individual for an autism spectrum disorder.
- The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition: the ADOS-2 is a semi-structured observation that assesses the quality of an individual’s communication, social development, and interests and behaviors.
- Feedback: the feedback session is a time for us to review assessment results and provide a comprehensive report. Most importantly, this is the time we will provide individualized treatment recommendations and provide contact information for those providers best suited to help.
In addition to these four components, autism evaluations may also include cognitive testing, academic testing, and adaptive behavior testing. Testing is typically spread across at least two sessions. However, for individuals/families traveling from out-of-town, arrangements can be made to conduct all testing on one day.
The purpose of a psychoeducational assessment is to better understand the learning process and to examine the strengths and weaknesses of cognitive processing and academic skills. The assessment may also include an examination of different behavioral and emotional domains to evaluate for ADHD, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. Typically an evaluation will include an initial parent interview, formal assessment/testing, consultation with other professionals (e.g., teachers, speech therapists), and a feedback session during which a comprehensive evaluation report is shared. We also offer ongoing home and school-based support in the implementation of any recommendations.
Gifted testing can determine eligibility for gifted programs and help identify supports for a child’s unique learning style, gifts, and talents. Gifted testing will provide an objective measure of your child’s intellectual ability and a profile of cognitive strengths and challenges.