The primary goal of comprehensive evaluations is to determine diagnosis, so that a thorough understanding of the child can be ascertained. A diagnosis gives clinicians a starting point to a profile of developmental skills that your child has in order to provide follow-up services. A comprehensive evaluation provides a diagnosis, recommendations and plan of action for intervention and educational planning.
Diagnostic evaluations include a review of relevant records, a standardized parent interview, a standardized observation measure, cognition or developmental assessment and a written report for future reference.
Parents receive an extended feedback session to review diagnosis and recommendations, as well as a follow up consultation and planning session.
The evaluations utilize the ‘gold standard’ of Autism Spectrum Disorder measures – the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).