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Autism Psychological Assessments

The purpose of a Psychological Assessment is to determine if a particular area of concern is affecting a child’s functioning in some way. Each assessment is individualized to fit an individual’s unique needs.

Process of Psychological Testing

Psychological testing is used to determine areas of observable and measurable skills and deficits to conclude a diagnosis and subsequent treatment. The process generally begins with a comprehensive background interview with the parent and/or guardian, followed by an interview with the child, if appropriate. Rating scales and self-reports (when age-appropriate) are utilized to measure social, emotional, adaptive, and/or behavioral functioning in various settings. An evaluation may consist of but is not limited to measures of cognitive functioning (verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning, memory, and processing speed), developmental progress, and measures of executive functioning. Other testing may be more specific to the areas of concern. For example, when Autism is suspected, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™, Second Edition (ADOS-2) will likely be administered. There are a variety of direct and indirect measures that can determine whether a diagnosis is warranted. It is important that all information regarding the referral is communicated directly to the staff and psychologist, so they can determine the appropriate course of action.

Some possible reasons for Psychological Testing

  • Diagnostic testing (DSM-V-TR)
  • ADHD testing
  • Autism spectrum disorder testing
  • Emotional & Interpersonal Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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