If your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), getting a diagnosis can be a positive thing. It is often a first, and necessary step to getting your child the supports and services they need to flourish. An assessment is comprised of several components:
- An interview is conducted to obtain early history as well as presenting concerns. Information is collected on an ongoing basis throughout the assessment process.
- Tests that screen for ASD will be used. Tests that explore a child’s cognitive functioning, including strengths and weaknesses may also be administered.
- The examiner will spend time playing with the child to look for engagement, attention, imitation and play skills.
- Review of any pertinent medical or developmental information is also required.
- A report will be written that will include a diagnosis, if appropriate, and will include recommendations for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI).
- A feedback session is arranged once all the necessary information has been obtained and at that time findings will be given.