Diagnostic Assessments

    We provide diagnostic evaluations for people of all ages. Each individual assessment varies depending
    upon the level of severity and number of symptoms present. It also depends upon the availability of
    past test scores and documentation of developmental history. Thus, the cost may vary among similar
    clients, and not all insurance policies provide full coverage for diagnostic assessments. Diagnosis for any
    childhood or adolescent disorder usually involves a clinical interview with the parents, clinical interview
    and behavioral observations of the child/adolescent, review of pre-existing test scores, reports, and
    school records, and administration of several standardized, objective tests, depending upon the number
    of symptoms present and needs of the client. This can sometimes be accomplished in one full day, but it
    is usually best to spread out testing across several individual sessions to avoid the effects of fatigue.
    Some insurance companies only allow a limited number of hours each day that will be reimbursed under
    their plan.

    Evaluations for autism spectrum disorders usually begin with an intake interview in order to gather
    general information. This is followed by the use of two tests which are considered to be the "gold
    standard" in the field of Psychology for diagnosing autism. They are the Autism Diagnostic Observation
    Schedule 2 (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). Whenever possible,
    these tests are included in our diagnostic process here at the Thede Family Center for Autism and
    Neurodevelopmental Disorders. We also often include cognitive testing  and an evaluation of adaptive

    Once the testing is completed, a detailed report of the results, along with recommendations for future
    treatment and possible accommodations that may be needed in school, is generated. The results are
    fully explained to the client and parents during a final feedback session. Copies of the final report can
    be disseminated at the discretion of the parents, and treatment for problematic symptoms is generally
    available following the evaluation, if the family chooses to pursue this course of action.