Autism Diagnostic Assessment

An Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental condition that affects two main areas:

  • Individuals have impaired communication and social interaction
  • Individuals have restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities.

No two individuals with ASD are the same, however, some of the common difficulties among individuals include:

  • Speech and language difficulites
  • Intellectual disability (around 50% of individuals)
  • Sleep problems
  • Attention problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Difficulites with fine and gross motor skills

Many individuals with ASD have difficulties interpreting sensory information, and may display over- or under- sensitivity.  Being over sensitive to sound, touch, taste, smell and vision can be very distressing to individuals with ASD and can result in very strong reactions.

There has been much research to indicate that while an Autism Spectrum Disorder is lifelong, early intervention can have tremendous results in helping individuals to live to their full potential and improve their developmental trajectory.

While the assessment procedure varies for individuals depending on the age and ability of the child, an Autism spectrum Disorder Assessment typically includes:

  1. A comprehensive parent only interview  over 1 or 2 (50 min) sessions to gather a history about your child and their development.
  2. May include administration of the WISC V if not previously administered.
  3. May include administration of the ADOS-2 with child,
  4. A detailed assessment report of findings with tailored behavioural and educational recommendations for your child.
  5. A parent-only feedback session (50 min) with child psychologist to discuss your child’s assessment and answer any questions you may have.

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