Autism Assessment Services are intended for individuals who suspect they or someone in their care may have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Symptoms include social challenges (not making eye contact, limited interaction with peers, limited verbal language, poor social skills etc.) and fixed interests/repetitive behaviors (rocking, flapping hands, insisting on rigid routines, intense interests in topics or activities, etc.) and can vary from mild to moderate to severe.
Autism Assessment Services include a full diagnostic assessment to determine if the individual presents with symptoms of autism. This includes a full developmental interview, administering a standardized autism assessment such as the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS), and completion of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Following the assessment session we will compile a comprehensive report of the results as well as provide you with recommendations for follow-up services if needed.
The ADOS is widely considered the gold standard in helping to diagnose autism in children, youth and adults. It is an observation based assessment which means our clinician will interact with the individual directly to get a clear picture of symptoms in session.