Whether it is a first time diagnosis or a re-evaluation to evaluate functioning and services needed, Upside Therapy and Evaluation Center can offer a full evaluation including cognitive, educational, adaptive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. An autism evaluation not only assess if there is or isn’t an autism spectrum disorder, but also determines any co-occurring, or differential diagnoses as well.
Autism testing is complex and difficult. Licensed Psychologist Dr. Rachel Oppenheimer conducts autism spectrum evaluations using research backed, empirically based evaluation techniques. Specifically, Dr. Oppenheimer is trained on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) among other autism specific measures. The ADOS-2 is considered the gold standard of autism assessment.The ADOS-2 is a series of social interactions and activities designed to detect the presence of autism spectrum disorder. Children as young as 18 months can be assessed using the latest toddler specific techniques. Adolescents and adults can also be administered the ADOS-2.
A diagnostic interview is a time to review background information and ASD symptoms. Any previous testing is helpful for this process as well. Dr. Oppenheimer may decide to include an observation session, which is included in the flat fee of evaluations. Dr. Oppenheimer will then help formulate appropriate and helpful interventions after the evaluation session has been conducted.