Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

To put it simply, intervention for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) should be started as early as possible, as it is the best hope for the future. It is essential to maximize the child’s potential to learn the skills he or she needs to communicate, to engage in social interactions, and to manage behaviours. Therefore, assessment and early identification is critical. Diagnosing ASD is challenging and requires direct observation combined with expert examination and assessment, coupled with reports from parents, teacher or other caregivers. Our clinicians are trained in the specific assessment instruments used to detect ASD. An evaluation for ASD is multidimensional and includes thorough diagnostic testing and evaluation of the child’s unique areas of abilities and needs. Collaboration between professionals, parents, and other key adults in the child’s life is an important component of an effective assessment process and accurate interpretation of the information gathered. It is imperative that an assessment covers all developmental domains in order to best facilitate planning for appropriate interventions. Thus, assessments often include:

  • cognitive ability
  • communication
  • motor/physical skills
  • daily living skills
  • social, emotional, and behavioural functioning
  • observation of the child at informal or structured play and of parent-child interactions
  • parental interview to elicit their concerns, obtain a history of the child’s early development, and gather information about the child’s current level of functioning
  • review the child’s records (e.g., health and education) and family medical history

At the end of the assessment, you will have the opportunity to review the results with your psychologist. You will receive a comprehensive report highlighting your child’s strengths and areas of growth. Additionally, you will receive comprehensive recommendations to best support your child in intervention and guidance for next steps on your journey. There is hope.


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