Autism Assessments

The Process

The Consultation

We invite you to meet with our clinical team to discuss your concerns and to explore the need for an assessment. There is no obligation to continue with the assessment after this initial meeting.

The Assessment

Our Autism Assessment protocol includes:

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS): The ADOS is an interactive assessment that takes around two hours to complete. It’s tailored for individuals ranging in age from toddlers to adults and is suitable for both verbal and nonverbal individuals.

The Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI – R): The ADI takes the form of a two-hour interview with parents or caregivers. The ADI-R measures language and communications, reciprocal social interactions, and restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior and interests, following the diagnostic criteria set forth for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

A Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation (where necessary): Our Speech and Language Evaluation is dependent upon the age of the individual assessed. The evaluation is administered by a qualified Speech and Language Pathologist. It includes a comprehensive speech and language assessment of a child's language and articulation skills through a combination of formal and informal procedures. Assessments typically require three one-hour sessions to determine the child's skill level and needs in an educational setting.

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI – R) are considered the standard in diagnostic assessments for spectrum disorders and have high accuracy ratings. These assessments focus on strengths as well as concerns in the areas of socialization, communication and restrictive or repetitive stereotyped behaviors or interests. Every assessment is unique and we will include IQ assessments, psychoeducational assessments and adaptive behavior measures upon request or as required.

The Report and De-brief

We will produce a comprehensive report after the assessment that will include the diagnostic findings, a clearly stated diagnosis, and recommendations for a treatment plan for your child.