Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Testing
If you have a child who is showing signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but today, clinicians know a lot more about what autism is, how it impacts people’s lives, and, most importantly, how we can help. At Providence Behavioral Group, Dr. Jones offers diagnostic services for ASD and a range of other concerns. We offer ASD assessments for toddlers as young as 18 months.
Do any of these statements describe your child?
- My child struggles to maintain eye contact.
- My child struggles with compulsive or repetitive behaviors.
- My child repeats words or actions, especially when under stress.
- My child has difficulty understanding social cues or empathizing with others.
- My child has delayed or impeded speech.
- My child has difficulty paying attention.
- My child hyper focuses on one or two topics of interest.
- My child has difficulty dealing with noises, lights, temperature changes, and other outside stimulation.
- My child struggles to deal with change.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder, more often referred to as ASD or simply autism, is a range of developmental conditions that impact a person’s ability to communicate, socialize, and generally have interactions with others. Every person experiences autism differently, which is why we talk about it as a spectrum. Some individuals simply struggle in social interactions while others with ASD are completely nonverbal. Diagnostic testing will help you to better understand your child’s strengths and struggles in multiple areas, including social communication.
What Happens During Testing for ASD?
Completing the psychological evaluation and assessment process for ASD will typically occur across three visits. During your initial appointment, we’ll review all of your intake paperwork, family history, forms and documentation from educators, therapists, and other caregivers, and conduct an interview with you the parent and/or your child (when age appropriate). Then, your child will complete a battery of developmentally-appropriate tests. After completing the intake interview and assessments, we’ll schedule an appointment to discuss all of our findings, recommendations for accessing resources in the medical, educational, and community settings, and any applicable diagnoses.
Will ASD Testing & a Diagnosis Help My Child?
Many parents worry that ‘labeling’ autism will place an unnecessary burden on their child. Actually, for many children and their families, an autism diagnosis is the first step towards providing a roadmap to assisting their child in reaching their optimal functioning. There are numerous treatments, therapies, and skill development classes to help children diagnosed with autism as well as support for parents and families. If you’re interested in learning more, call Dr. Jones at Providence Behavioral Group to schedule an assessment.
*Dr. Jones sees clients in offices in Fortville and Lafayette, Indiana.