18 Months to 5 years of Age

Autism Spectrum Disorders

We prioritize the initial diagnoses of ASD in children from 18 months to 5 years of age in order for children to be able to access intervention services as soon as possible.

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ASD Evaluation Process

  • We provide a comprehensive evaluation of overall development as well as the gold standard protocol for ASD assessment.

  • The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition, ADOS-2 and the Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised, ADI-R, are considered the gold standard in ASD evaluations. 

  • All of the assessment team members are certified ADOS-2 administrators and experts in the identification of ASD.

  • Evaluation results are designed for children to access needed services.

If you suspect your child has a developmental delay or disability do not hesitate to contact us.

Do not hesitate to contact us today if you have any concerns about your child's development.

  • Our team evaluates children as young as 18 months for Autism Spectrum Disorders, ASD.

  • Our practice prioritizes initial diagnosis of ASD in children from 18 months to 5 years of age.

  • We strive to minimize wait times for young children to be evaluated for ASD in order for them to access early intervention services as soon as possible.

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Autism

  • Autism is neurobiological developmental disability that is present before the age of 3 years.

  • Autism impacts the development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and the individual may have a restricted range of interests or repetitive behaviors. 

  • Each individual with ASD has their own set of challenges and areas of difficulty.

  • Symptoms vary from person to person and no two individuals with ASD are the same.

  • There is no cure for autism however early intervention and treatment can lead to significant improvements in development.

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  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, recommends monitoring, screening, evaluating, and diagnosing children with ASD as early as possible.

  • Early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is essential to ensure that children can access specialized evidence-based interventions that can help to optimize long-term outcomes. 

  • Empirical data demonstrates that children who receive early and intensive treatment have far better outcomes in areas of cognition, social behaviors, and communication. 

  • Intensive therapy early on may encourage the young brain to reroute itself around faulty neural pathways.

  • Many children with ASD are not identified as early as possible and wait until they enter school. By the time they are identified, significant delays may have occurred and opportunities for intervention might have been missed.

  • We are able to evaluate your child in one session and provide same day feedback.

  • A FORMAL ASSESSMENT FROM A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST IS REQUIRED TO ACCESS THESE SERVICES

  • Doesn’t make eye contact (e.g. look at you when being fed)

  • Doesn’t smile when smiled at

  • Doesn’t respond to his or her name, or to the sound of a familiar voice

  • Doesn’t follow objects visually

  • Doesn’t point or wave goodbye, or use other gestures to communicate

  • Doesn’t follow the gesture when you point things out

  • Doesn’t make noises to get your attention

  • Doesn’t initiate or respond to cuddling

  • Doesn’t imitate your movements and facial expressions

  • Doesn’t reach out to be picked up

  • Doesn’t play with other people or share interest and enjoyment

  • Doesn’t ask for help or make other basic requests

  • The following delays require immediate attention by a psychologist or developmental pediatrician

  • By 6 months: No big smiles or other warm joyful expressions

  • By 9 months: No back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions

  • By 12 months: Lack of response to name

  • By 12 months: No babbling or “baby talk”

  • By 16 months: No spoken words

  • By 24 months: No meaningful two word phrases