Autism spectrum disorder can be identified in early childhood by trained clinicians. In many cases, caregivers have questions or concerns prior to their child’s first birthday. Autism can be accurately diagnosed by 18-24 months. An autism diagnosis is often the first step in accessing early intervention support, school-based services, and support.
Autism spectrum disorder presents as differences or delays in the following areas: Language/communication, social relationships, emotional responses, patterns of behaviors, and/or restricted interests. An assessment for Autism includes careful consideration of other disorders or delays that may mimic Autism, including intellectual disability, anxiety, and/or ADHD.
Research has shown that early identification of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism can greatly impact the individual’s development over their life.
If you are concerned about your child’s development, neurodevelopmental testing can provide you with answers.
Based on our initial parent interview, I will determine the most appropriate battery of tests for your child’s concerns. If an Autism assessment is recommended, an ADOS-2 and developmental/cognitive measure will be administered as part of their battery of tests. In addition, if your insurance company requires specific, additional measures to cover the cost of treatment following diagnosis, I will work with your family to ensure those measures are incorporated into their evaluation.