AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER EVALUATIONS
Evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are comprehensive assessments conducted by a licensed psychologist that focus on formally evaluating cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with the ASD diagnosis. There is currently no medical test for ASD, and instead psychologists evaluate your child’s social behaviors and thinking skills. The purpose of this type of evaluation is to determine if ASD is an appropriate diagnosis for your child. Evaluations are tailored for the specific concerns of each family. Typically, an evaluation will involve the following activities: examining existing medical/academic/mental health records; conducting clinical interviews with the child and caregiver; caregiver completion of rating forms and questionnaires; direct observations of behaviors during different activities; and administration of formal testing measures. Formal testing measures are chosen to meet each individual’s needs, but often include evaluation of intellectual functioning (IQ), language, motor skills, executive functioning, and measures of social functioning. Upon completion of the evaluation, families are offered feedback along with a formal report that can be provided to a child’s school or medical providers to obtain needed services. Reports provide relevant background information, test descriptions and scores, diagnoses when applicable, and recommendations for next steps and treatment. The primary benefit of obtaining this type of evaluation for a child is for definitive diagnosis of ASD. A clear diagnosis of ASD can open the door to a host of services for a child, including developmental therapies and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy. Insurance companies often cover these types of services, once a diagnosis has been made. Additionally, the comprehensive report accompanying this type of evaluation can outline appropriate school services and may help a child qualify for an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in their school.
They typical evaluation requires 3-6 hours of direct contact with the child and his or her caregivers, in addition to time for record review, report writing, and feedback. Additional services, such as phone consultation for school IEP meetings, may be available. We do not bill insurance on your behalf but sliding fee schedules may be available upon request.