AUTISM assessments

gain insight on your child’s development & behavior

If you have concerns about your child’s development or difficult behaviors, consider an Autism Spectrum Assessment. You’ll learn how your child functions, receive a recommended treatment plan, and get information on educational rights.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT autism ASSESSMENTS

Get answers about Edgewood’s Autism Assessments

I’m concerned my child has autism. What should I do?

Many parents are not prepared to hear the words “autism spectrum disorder” and their child’s name used in the same sentence. Even for parents who suspect their child has a form of autism, understanding the additional supports your child may need can feel overwhelming. Many parents feel isolated, misunderstood, or are simply not sure how to move forward with getting a diagnosis.

Edgewood is here to help. Whether you have concerns or it’s be suggested by a teacher or pediatrician, an Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment is the first step.

What are examples of Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Examples of Autism Spectrum Disorders include:

High Functioning Autism – Individuals who are higher functioning on the Autism Spectrum include those who have better developed social communication/understanding and language abilities compared to other individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Furthermore, individuals with higher functioning autism have less pronounced restrictive and repetitive behaviors compared to individuals with higher severity on the Autism Spectrum.

Asperger’s Syndrome – Due to DSM-V updates, Asperger’s Syndrome is better conceptualized as High Functioning Autism now.

What behavior patterns suggest autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder symptoms comprise of persistent deficits in social communication and interaction in various settings, which are manifested by deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, nonverbal communication, and interpersonal relationships. These behaviors can include stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech, inflexible adherence to routines or ritualized patterns of behavior, hyper-or hyporeactivity to sensory input, and fixated interests.

How can a formal diagnosis help my child and family?

A formal diagnosis will: help you understand how your child functions, aide in a treatment and education plan, allow you child future accommodations in the school and workplace, provide special designations for tax purposes, and help you qualify for state-funded services.

Edgewood believes in comprehensive car and collaborates with your child’s support network at home, school, and physician team. We take a parent-focused approach knowing that you, as the parent, are the expert in understanding your child. Our job is to help support you and your family as you move towards effective and meaningful change.

How old does my child have to be to receive an assessment?

Edgewood’s Autism Assessments can be performed on children as young as 3 years.