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Psychological Assessments At ABS

How Psychological Assessments Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Testing can help the family understand why their child has been struggling in their current settings. Psychological assessments provide information on a child’s strengths and deficits and help clinicians plot a course for treatment. 

For diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, testing can clarify the variables maintaining the child’s inappropriate behaviors and what strategies will be helpful in addressing those behaviors.

Prior to the assessment, the family meets with a psychologist to discuss the child’s history and presenting problems to determine if testing is warranted (or if other recommendations/referrals may be more appropriate).

The psychologist will usually set up a testing appointment for approximately 3 hours with the child, and sometimes another testing appointment with only the parents/caregivers.

The psychologist may also give questionnaires to the parents/caregivers and to the child’s teacher to assess the child’s behavior in multiple settings.

Once testing has been completed and the questionnaires have been received, the psychologist will score all of the assessments, interpret the results, and write up a comprehensive report for the family.

During the feedback session, the psychologist will review the results of testing and discuss further recommendations.  At this time the family is welcome to ask the psychologist questions about the results.

Why Get a Psychological Assessment?

A psychological assessment may be helpful for a child who is struggling to meet developmental milestones, has encountered learning problems, or does not appear to be able to function as independently as other children their age.

We perform psychological assessments to clarify mental health concerns such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities

Often, an official diagnosis is the first step in helping families gain access to treatment.

Why Early Intervention Helps.

Early intervention is clinically proven to help children with developmental delays develop to their greatest potential.

Genetics and ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder may be caused by genetic factors. Finding out if your child’s ASD has a genetic cause may help with family planning, diagnosing co-morbid disorders and the development of a health plan.  Learn more about genetic testing here.

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