Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessments
This assessment determines whether the client meets criteria for autism spectrum disorder, as specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th Edition (DSM-5). It includes a detailed review of developmental history, a comprehensive evaluation of cognitive, behavioural, and emotional functioning, as well as the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition (ADOS-2). This assessment will take two half-days to complete.
What is our Process?
A Review of Relevant History
- A detailed, semi-structured interview with parents and client (if appropriate) regarding current concerns and developmental history.
- Review of relevant documentation (e.g., report cards, home videos, previous assessments, doctors’ letters, etc.).
Assessment of Cognitive, Behavioural, and Emotional Functioning
- Administration of standardized intelligence measure (e.g., WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, or WAIS-IV).
- Administration of a variety of questionnaires exploring behavioural and emotional concerns.
Administration of the ADOS-2
- The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction, and play (or imaginative use of materials) for individuals suspected of having autism spectrum disorder.
- The ADOS-2 is appropriate for children and adults of differing developmental and language levels.
- The ADOS-2 assessment will be video recorded so that the assessor will be able to study the participant's response to each activity.
Presentation of Results
- After the assessment results have been thoroughly reviewed by the assessor and/or a supervising psychologist, parents and/or client (if appropriate) will participate in a comprehensive feedback consultation.
- A full written report will follow, which will include assessment-related data, as well as recommendations and strategies to assist with personal and academic functioning.
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Below is a list of issues that may affect a student’s ability to be successful in school:
Learning Disabilities and Learning Disorders (e.g., Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia), Language Disorders, Phonological Processing, Graphomotor Functioning, Memory, Executive Functioning, Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorders (e.g., Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety, School Refusal), Mood Disorders (Depression), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Tic Disorders.
Chisholm Psychology Centre is the practice of Dr. Emily Bryntwick, Ph.D., C.Psych. and Ms. Sonia Khan, M.A., C.Psych., Psychologists