An autism spectrum diagnostic evaluation consists of a comprehensive evaluation examining a child’s overallfunctioning. This can include an evaluation of a child’s cognitive, academic, language, attentional, motor, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning. A child’s family will first participate in neuropsychological testing, whereby information regarding the child’s overall functioning will be collected. After the initial meeting, a child will then participate in formal testing involving various assessment measures in order to provide clinical information regarding diagnostic clarification. Additionally, the child’s parents and academic team (if available) will fill out report forms to provide in-depth information regarding the child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and attentional functioning in the home and classroom setting.
Following the evaluation, the family will meet with us to review the results of the testing, and discuss treatment recommendations. The feedback meeting with parents will also serve as a framework for creating specific and practical interventions and accommodations within the home and school environment.
The neuropsychologist will conduct follow-up evaluations every six to 12 months (depending on concerns) in order to monitor progress from the various interventions, as well as help craft additional interventions and accommodations that would prove beneficial.