Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

Serving Albertan Families and Children

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 by ensuring they receive the necessary supports and accompdations (and/or to learn the skills they need) to navigate a neurotypical world successful.  Therefore, assessment and early identification is critical. 

Diagnosing ASD is challenging and requires experts like those at Koru. 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

Wondering if your child needs an autism assessment? 

Autism in Girls

For a long time professionals believed that autism was more common in than girls. However, we have know the differences in diagnostic rates has more to do with gender biases in diagnosing autism than actual differences in boys and girls. Autism is missed or misdiagnosed for many girls for a variety of reasons. 

 

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Learn More About Our Autism Assessment Experts

Sally Li, Calgary Assessments

Sally Li

Sally recognizes the importance of working collaboratively with families, teachers, and the community to address the needs of all children and to help promote overall growth and success.

Calgary Psychologist

Fiona Steedman

Fiona is passionate about supporting school and home environments that facilitate positive mental health, skill development and overall well-being.

Calgary Psychologist

Keely Blake

Keely strives to foster a safe and supportive environment where students can share about the unique challenges they experience at home and at school. She is passionate about finding students’ strength to help inform strategies and recommendations for students, teachers, and parents.

Dr. Caroline Buzanko, Children Assessments, Calgary

Dr. Caroline Buzanko

Dr. Buzanko helps parents and teachers understand kids’ strengths, areas of challenge, and how to best support them. She figures out what makes learning easy for kids and strategies to optimize learning. 

Calgary Psychologist

Jaime Kerr

Jaime has many years of experience supporting children with unique learning needs and implementing early interventions. She has experience working with children with ADHD, learning differences, and social-emotional concerns. 

A thorough assessment often entails:

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.

Does my child need an autism assessment?

Navigating the developmental milestones of your child can be both a joyous and challenging journey. As parents, understanding the early signs of autism is crucial in seeking timely support and intervention. At Koru, we are dedicated to guiding families through this process with compassion and expertise.

Below are key red flags to consider when determining if an autism assessment may be beneficial for your child (be sure to also read more about autism in girls and non-stereotypical markers of autism):

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Social Communication and Interaction Difficulties:

  • Limited Eye Contact: Your child may avoid eye contact or have difficulty maintaining it during interactions.
  • Challenges in Social Reciprocity: A lack of interest in sharing enjoyment, interests, or achievements with others; for instance, showing or bringing objects to share with parents.
  • Delayed Speech Development: Noticeable delays in speech and language skills, or not using gestures (like pointing) by 12 months.
  • Difficulty Understanding Social Cues: Trouble understanding nonverbal cues or maintaining appropriate conversational turns.

Repetitive Behaviours and Restricted Interests:

  • Routine Dependence: An insistence on sameness, rigid adherence to routines, or distress at small changes.
  • Repetitive Movements: Repetitive motions such as rocking, spinning, or hand-flapping.
  • Fixed Interests: Intense or focused interests in specific topics or objects.
  • Sensory Sensitivities: Over- or under-reactivity to sensory input, such as adverse reactions to specific sounds, textures, or lights.

Developmental and Behavioural Variances:

  • Regression of Skills: Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling, or social skills.
  • Inconsistent Skill Development: Your child might show advanced abilities in certain areas but significant delays in others.
  • Unusual Play Patterns: Limited pretend play, using toys in an unconventional manner, or focusing on parts of objects (e.g., wheels).

 

If you observe any of the above markers, or if you have concerns about your child’s development that do not align with typical developmental milestones, it may be time to consider an autism assessment. Early identification and intervention can significantly impact your child’s ability to thrive by providing them with the support and resources tailored to their unique needs.

At Koru Psychology, we understand the concerns and hopes that come with parenthood. Our team of compassionate experts is here to support you and your child every step of the way, offering comprehensive assessments that illuminate strengths, identify areas for growth, and pave the way for effective, personalized interventions.

Let Us Be Your Guide

If you’re considering an autism assessment for your child or have questions about the developmental milestones, Koru Psychology is here to support you. Contact us to schedule a consultation, and let us be your guide on this important journey toward understanding and support.