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What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition with three key components:

  1. Impaired social interaction
  2. Impaired communication
  3. 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.