EVALUATIONS AND DIAGNOSTICS

If you are concerned that your child may be on the autism spectrum, our goal is to gain useful information that provides a parent, teacher, caregiver or doctor insight into a particular individual’s unique strengths and challenges.

For a comprehensive assessment based on observation of your child, appointments can be made with a certified behavior analyst to perform the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2 (ADOS-2) . The ADOS-2 is an assessment tool based on the DSM-IV framework for identifying individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is used as part of a comprehensive evaluation package across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. This evaluation uses a semi-structured format to create an environment as well as opportunities to observe patterns of behavior. We will use activities like free play, books, puzzles, and bubbles to assess communication, social interaction, play/imaginative use of materials, and restrictive or repetitive behaviors.

The ADOS-2 is only one component of a full diagnostic evaluation for ASD. A diagnosis of ASD requires a number of different assessments with several instruments and the collection of information from multiple sources. The more information we obtain, the more tailored the treatment plan.

The ADOS-2 consists of five modules requiring 40 to 60 minutes each to administer. The child being evaluated is given just one module depending on his or her expressive language level and chronological age. The various modules provide ranges of concern reflecting the extent to which a child demonstrates behaviors associated with ASD. Modules for those older than 30 months also provide a Comparison Score indicating the level of autism spectrum-related symptoms compared to children with ASD who are the same age and have similar language skill.

The ADOS-2 has been translated into many different languages and is used around the world for autism diagnosis. This assessment will be administered in English and is appropriate for those whom English is the primary language spoken at home.