Your Child's Evaluation
The specific assessments administered to your child are determined by his/her clinical profile and the requirements of the study in which he/she is enrolled. These may include:
- Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS): the "gold standard" for assessing and diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders across across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. It is a semi-structured assessment that allows for the observation of social and communicative behaviors.
- Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI): a shortened version of a classic IQ test in which children complete four tasks: one in which they provide definitions to words, one in which they manipulate blocks to form a pattern, one in which they explain how two things go together and one in which they point to a picture that best completes a pattern. This test gives provides us with information about your child's current level of intellectual functioning.
- Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT): a measure of receptive language in which children have to point to which of four pictures best represents a word spoken by the examiner. This test allows us to understand how many words your child or adolescent understands.
- Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF-III): a detailed measure of how a child speaks and understands not only language but also communication
A parent/guardian may be asked to complete:
- Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R): a semi-structured clinical interview for the caregivers of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is used for diagnosing autism, planning treatment, and distinguishing autism from other developmental disorders.
- Vineland Adaptive Behavioral Scales: an instrument used to measure the personal and social skills needed for everyday living.
- Sensory Profile: a parent rating scale used to evaluate a child's sensory-related difficulties
Parents can receive a free psychological report and recommendations based on their child’s evaluation
There is also the opportunity for your family to participate in a genetic study (DNA samples are obtained through cheek swabs)