When parents first meet with the team at ASG, they’re desperate to know exactly what is going on with their child. They are looking for solutions and support, but the first step is getting the right diagnosis for their child.
ASG has two Clinical Psychologists on staff who work with a diagnostics’ team, which can include; Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Speech Language Pathologists, and Board-Certified Behavioral Analysts. Together the team will properly assess and diagnose your child. Only then can a customized plan of services be developed to help your child unlock their potential.
Parents relieved to finally know what exactly is going on with their child and how they can help them thrive and succeed. Our team of professionals is here to help parents and caregivers every step of the way. We are committed to supporting the entire family unit through this process.
Major insurance is accepted and Self-Pay is available.
What is ASG diagnostics?
Parents and providers who have concerns about a child’s social and communication development can refer to ASG’s Autism Diagnostic Clinic. Our experienced multi-disciplinary team provides a comprehensive evaluation examining all areas of functioning related to Autism Spectrum Disorders, including administration of the ADOS, the gold standard of Autism diagnostic tools. The team, consisting of a clinical neuropsychologist, clinical professional counselor, and speech and language pathologist; is highly skilled in assessment and differential diagnosis to ensure an accurate medical diagnosis. Diagnostic results are provided to parents the day of clinic, along with recommendations and referrals.
The First Step: Screening
If your child’s doctor indicates there are concerns about your child’s development, a screening should be done to more accurately determine your child’s abilities. A questionnaire developed specifically for the identification of autism should be administered. If your child scores in the at-risk category on the screening instrument, the physician should recommend a diagnostic evaluation.
The Second Step: Diagnostic Evaluation
Families and physicians should seek input from specialists as part of a “team approach” or a multidisciplinary approach that draws on special expertise and is geared to the unique needs of each child. The multidisciplinary team may include a psychologist, psychiatrist, speech and language pathologist, behavior analyst, and other professionals knowledgeable and skilled in working with children with autism. The diagnostic evaluation should address all areas of concern for the individual child. This multidisciplinary team will determine whether or not your child has autism according to well-accepted criteria.
The Third Step: Program Planning and Follow-up
With a multidisciplinary evaluation, the team should provide you with some specific recommendations based on the evaluation information for your child. These recommendations may include specific suggestions for programming or specific follow-up by other professionals to determine programming for your child. There are many good sources of information for families with a child with autism. You may want to research the specific recommendations using some of these sources.
Autism Services Group can help unlock your child’s potential and provide support and resources for your family