Assesment and Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
When their children are not reaching specific milestones by a certain age, parents are often told not to worry. They are counseled that some children develop slower or later than others. They are hesitant about moving beyond their pediatrician’s assessment, even when they have a “gut” feeling that something isn’t right. For many parents, obtaining an accurate diagnosis and definitive treatment plan for a child suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder, can be a confusing process.
At Jewish Child & Family Services, the Autism Assessment process empowers families to help their children reach their greatest potential. Our team of qualified clinical professionals lends their expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome. With the goal of providing parents with diagnostic clarification and further understanding of their child’s current level of functioning, clinicians provide feedback and a written report.
The report identifies individualized recommendations for educational placement, speech/language therapy services, occupational therapy services and behavioral interventions. Recommendations are highly specific and may also be used to advocate for the child’s educational placement.
The comprehensive psychological/developmental assessment is a 10-hour evaluation scheduled as four appointments.
- Appointment 1: involves a four-hour diagnostic interview with the parent(s) only, and includes administration of the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised--WPS, 2001, is an investigator-based parent interview intended to obtain detailed descriptions about those behaviors that are necessary for the differential diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) and for the diagnosis of autism.) and the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS), an assessment of adaptive functioning.
- Appointments 2 and 3: each appointment lasts two hours and involves direct evaluation of the child including intellectual testing, language testing and administration of the ADOS to assess social functioning. (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule--WPS, 1999, is a standardized, semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction and play for individuals who may have autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.)
- Appointment 4: this final appointment provides the parent(s) with clinical recommendations and feedback.
Jewish Child & Family Services provides flexible payment options and insurance billing for Autism Assessment.
JCFS is part of the BCBS PPO network as well as the Humana HMO & PPO network. Direct insurance billing may be available for other insurance companies after verification of coverage has been completed. Insurance reimbursement is based on eligible services of the client's benefit plan.
Call toll-free, 855.ASK.JCFS (855.275.5237) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.