Solterra Academy South
Comprehensive Autism Evaluations for children ages three and up:
Who performs the Autism Evaluation?
What takes place during an Autism Evaluation?
Making a diagnosis of Autism is difficult because there is not a simple medical test to confirm the disorder. A comprehensive Autism Evaluation involves looking at the child’s behavior and development, assessing core features of ASD, reviewing medical records, and interviewing parents and caregivers.
What does a comprehensive Autism Evaluation include?
1 Review of medical records including:
Concerns raised through routine well-child care
Evaluations by medical specialists
Results of genetic testing
Birth records and results of newborn screenings
Medication history and response
Previous medical treatments
Review of previous assessments, including ASD screenings and evaluations
2 Review of educational records including:
Birth to Three evaluations
Special education eligibility and exceptionality
Educational progress and any special programming or services
Evaluations by psychologists or related services
3 A structured parent/caregiver diagnostic interview
4 Administration of standardized diagnostic instruments for Autism
What are the benefits of this type of evaluation?
A comprehensive Autism Evaluation can determine whether the child meets current diagnostic criteria for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as defined by the DSM-V, as well as to assist with differential diagnoses from other childhood disorders. In addition, the Comprehensive Autism Evaluation can assist the Planning and Placement Team with determining special education eligibility and exceptionality, and identifying treatment interventions and needed services.
The Autism Evaluation may also recommend additional testing to rule out other conditions.
What do you need to bring?
For your appointment, you will need to bring contact information for mental health service and medication providers, as well as lists of present and past psychiatric medications and the results of any relevant medical or genetic testing. School records, progress reports, previous evaluations or other relevant background information are also required.
For referring school districts, a referral packet should include the following information:
Description of the reason for referral and any related questions or concerns
Previous evaluations including psychological, educational or related services
Most recent IEP, BIP, and FBA or copy of 504 plan
Report cards and/or progress reports
Name and contact information for relevant school personnel
In addition to the written report, the comprehensive Autism Evaluation also includes a meeting with the parents to review results, as well as participation by phone in a PPT meeting to review findings.
Other services, such as conducting an observation of the student in their school placement, meeting with school staff or attending a PPT in person are available for an additional fee.