Diagnosis

A diagnostic assessment provides critical information related to a child’s autism diagnosis and is completed by a licensed physician or Ph.D psychologist.  Action Behavior has a pediatrician consultant and a PhD psychologist with experience diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as part of our team of providers.

If your child’s pediatrician has indicated that your child is at risk of a diagnosis of autism (through a high score on the M-CHAT or other diagnostic tool), but didn’t provide the actual diagnosis, we can help.  There is no need to sit on a wait list for 9 to 15 months before getting the help you need.

Where Do I Start?

Our first step will be for you to complete an M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), especially if your child is young (18 months – 3 years).  We have this assessment available for you to complete on our website at this link.  You will be given immediate results online.

What Next?

If the M-CHAT screening indicates a risk of ASD, we will invite you to our office for a more formal diagnostic assessment called ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition).  This is the primary test that is used to make a formal diagnosis of ASD, and we can administer this test in about an hour.  It’s free.  We are able to forward this assessment as part of a number of things your child’s pediatrician or neurologist will use to make a diagnosis.

A formal diagnosis is required by an insurance company before they will pre-authorize any ABA therapy benefits relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Our goal at Action Behavior Centers is to simplify the access to care for our clients – that’s why we offer assessments and diagnoses, as well as help liaising with the insurance company on your behalf.

We are here to help.

If your child has a diagnosis and you’d like to apply to initiate services:

If your child does not have a diagnosis and you’d like to obtain one:

If you have questions about the diagnostic process or if we can be helpful: