Click on the questions below to get answers to some of the most common queries about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition with three key components:
- Impaired social interaction
- Impaired communication
- Restricted and repetitive interests and activities.
ASD is a complex condition with a wide range of functioning from individuals who are nonverbal to those in the superior range of intelligence.
A diagnostic evaluation includes diagnostic interviews, observations, and standardized assessments. We use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R), which are considered the gold standard instruments currently available in the field. We provide a comprehensive evaluation to better understand individual strengths and weaknesses and provide appropriate recommendations.
Autism is a lifelong condition and support services may change as individuals on the spectrum enter different life stages. We see clients of all ages and provide services throughout the lifespan.
We encourage family members to contact us if they believe their child (of any age including adult) or loved one is not meeting developmental milestones, or is engaging in behaviors that interfere with his/her ability to function at home, school or in the workplace. While the benefits of early detection and intervention are well known, it is equally important that individuals of any age be evaluated so they can receive the necessary supports to improve quality of life outcomes.
An evaluation can usually be completed in two visits. The initial visit typically lasts for two hours and the second visit will be three to four hours in order to complete the necessary assessments. The evaluation fee also includes a one-hour feedback session to discuss results and recommendations with the client and family members.
We do not accept or process health insurance claims. We will provide you with a form that you can attach to your claim form. You might be able to be reimbursed by your insurance provider. We are out-of-network providers, so please check your plan to see if you have out-of-network benefits.
On the day of the evaluation, please bring all of the completed questioannaires, as well as any previous testing reports and the child's most recent IEP or 504 plan (if applicable). Reports cards and homework samples can also be helpful. On the day of testing, the client should bring snacks, drinks, small toys or books to be used during breaks, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device, and behavior plan (if applicable).
For Children: It might be helpful to tell your child that they are going to meet with the doctor to play some games and do some activities like the ones they do in school. These games and activities will help us figure out how they learn best and that they are just expected to try their best.
For Adolescents and Adults: It is usually helpful to tell them that they will be meeting with the doctor to do a variety of tests and activities that will help us learn more about their strengths and the things they find more challenging. You can also explain that the doctor may be able to help them identify the ways in which they learn best.
Overall, it's important to approach the testing appointment as a "problem solving" endeavor. Explain to the individual what to expect fro the process and appointment and let them know that all of their tests are confidential. It is also helpful to normalize the process in that our center sees many, many clients here of all ages. You know your child or family member best; create an open environment and dialogue with them to discuss all of their feelings and concerns.
It is always best to speak with your child or family member's doctor about this because each case is different, but in general, it is best to continue doing what the individual normally does.
Approximately 2-3 weeks after you meet with your clinician for your feedback appointment, you will receive the final report in the mail. The report will also be kept in a confidential locked filing cabinet here at the office. You are encouraged to make copies of the report to share with your child's school and whoever else might benefit from knowing the results of the evaluation (e.g., physicians, therapists).