A diagnostic assessment provides critical information related to a child’s autism diagnosis and is completed by a child psychologist. Action Behavior has PsyD psychologists 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.
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.