Autism Facts Assessment Testing
The Spectrum of Autistic Disorders:
Autism Facts About Getting a Diagnosis:
#1: Autism is now a Spectrum based disorder. Specifically, Aspergers Disorder is no longer a diagnostic possibility with the DSM-5.
#2: A new disorder called Social/Pragmatic Language Disorder is in the DSM-5 and it encompasses someone that does not meet the full diagnostic criteria of Autism such as the restricted and repetitive pattern of behaviors but still has the pragmatic language deficits that cause social problems. In some cases, those diagnosed with Aspergers disorder will meet this condition rather than the new DSM-5 condition.
#3: Compiling a diagnosis for an Autistic/Autism Spectrum Disorder involves an intesene amount of background investigation as well as a great deal of psychological testing. Some professionals feel that the ADOS assessments are the most comprehensive, where as others feel that a detailed history, the rule out of additional or conflicting conditions, detailed psychological testing and a significant amount of detailed collateral information from multiple sources is the best way to diagnose the condition.
Autism Assessments with Dr. Chambers:
Autism Assessments: An Autism Spectrum evaluation is similar to a learning disability evaluation. Many components of neuropsychological testing are the same. The assessment of intelligence, a clinical interview, collateral resources, academic functioning, executive dysfunction, learning and memory, adaptive functioning, pragmatic/social language ability, mental health variables, and visual motor skills, are all included. An Autism Evaluations typically requires 9-12 hours in person. This can typically be completed in 2-3 visits depending on the level functioning.