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.
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.