ASSESSMENT FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is diagnosed clinically, based on information gathered from a detailed history and the observation of specific characteristic behaviours. At Threshold Psychology we attempt to use a family-centered approach, whenever possible, to ASD assessment because a substantial amount of time and care is required to listen to and talk with parents/caregivers and other family members. Understanding the child’s family and medical history, along with current behaviours and individual and family treatment goals, is central to family-centered care.
Assessment for ASD at Threshold Psychology often involves the following process:
Review of the child’s cumulative record (e.g., report cards, previous assessments, school-based services, etc.).
Review of any reports/assessments previously completed.
Administration of the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) which is a structured interview designed to provide a full range of information needed to assist in the assessment of ASD. This takes approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) which is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imagination, and restricted and repetitive behaviours for children. This takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
Interview with your child’s classroom teacher, when needed.
Consultation with other professionals (e.g., pediatrician, school personnel) as needed.
Feedback session with parent(s)/caregiver(s) to review results and recommendations.
We provide assessments for ASD to children ages 5 to 18. The fee for this assessment is approximately $2100 which is consistent with other psychologists in Nova Scotia.