Worried About Development?
Are you worried about your child’s development or been told that your child seems “delayed” or “detached?” Have you noticed that your child has delayed speech development? Worried that your child does not seem to “hear” you, or is not interested in playing or interacting with others?
There are many possible reasons for these signs; however, one reason could be an autism spectrum disorder.
Comprehensive evaluations for children as young as 12 months are offered to determine the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. The first step towards helping your child reach her potential is determining her current level of functioning in communication, social interaction, and understanding of the world. An autism test can achieve that goal and help you better understand your child and his needs, as well as the next steps you can take to help him.
Best Practice Child Evaluations
According to best practices guidelines, a comprehensive autism assessment is one that includes the following components:
- A detailed developmental history and review of records
- Evaluation of a child’s developmental, cognitive, adaptive, and behavioral functioning through formal testing and caregiver interviews.
- Direct observation of a child’s play, language, and social interaction
I will ask many questions about your child’s development and review any school or testing records. I will observe your child and administer standardized autism tests. This always includes the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), which is the gold standard in the field for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. You will then return for a session to discuss the results of the testing.
I will include recommendations for school, language development, social skills, self-help development, and behavior. You will receive a comprehensive written report of results, the diagnosis, and recommendations. This report can be useful to access some resources such as special education services. It can also help qualify for government funded services and provide you with a document that can educate others about your child.
If symptoms suggest the need for additional professionals’ input, I will work with you to find capable professionals with knowledge of autism in children to answer those questions. This may include audiological assessments for hearing, psychiatric consultation regarding medication management, or speech-language assessments and plans for developing communication. It could also include specialists to rule out medical or genetic problems or occupational therapy for sensory or motor challenges.
You might also be interested in: What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?
Autism Assessment for Adults
If you are an adult and have read or seen something about Autism or Asperger Syndrome and thought “That’s just like me!” you are not alone. Maybe you have struggled for years with social situations, feeling “different, and not knowing why. Maybe you were diagnosed in the past with another disorder such as a learning disability, anxiety disorder, or mood disorder. Or, maybe you are a parent, friend, or loved one of someone you think has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Due to increased knowledge of and exposure to information about ASD, and improved diagnostic procedures, more adults are now being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
If you are interested in having a professional verify your suspicion I am here to help. I have experience diagnosing adolescents and adults. I will work with you to better understand yourself and overcome challenges that are reducing your happiness. During an assessment, I will ask you about your childhood, school experiences, and current experiences. I may also do some formal psychological testing to help make a diagnosis.
If you are interested in having an autism test, please contact me. I would be happy to discuss your needs and how I might be of help during our initial intake session.