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What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can impact social, communication, and behavior. Children with ASD can show repetitive behaviors, intense and focused interests, rigid adherence to specific routines, difficulty with transitions, unusual sensory interests, and/or aversions to sensory experiences. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of children with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. 

Why is an Autism diagnosis important?

It is important to identify autism early in children, as research has shown that early intervention treatment can improve a child’s skill development and make a big difference in the outcome for people with ASD. Children can be diagnosed at-risk for autism as early as 18 months. By intervening early, you can learn the best ways to teach your child new skills, manage problem behaviors, develop necessary skills as they transition to school, and access resources to support your family. 

How do you evaluate for Autism?

An autism evaluation will include direct testing with your child through interviewing and play-based interactions. It will identify your child’s strengths and areas of need to guide treatment.  

An autism evaluation will include the following components:

  • A diagnostic interview that includes a developmental history and review of current concerns 

  • Cognitive testing

  • Interview and play-based assessment using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)

  • Specific questionnaires for parent/teachers that are designed to closely investigate autism-related symptoms

  • Adaptive Behavior or independent living questionnaires/interview with parents and teachers

  • Interview with teachers and other service providers

  •  School observation 

You will be provided with a comprehensive written report with results, summary, DMS-V or medical diagnosis, recommendations for parents, recommendations for eligibility for school services, and recommendations for services in the community.

What if I’m concerned my child might have Autism?

If you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, or behaves, contact our office to schedule an initial diagnostic interview to discuss your concerns. At your initial interview, we will determine if an evaluation would be appropriate.  


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