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How to Get an Autism Diagnosis and More Helpful Information

Stradwick Psychology and Neurofeedback Clinic’s Autism assessment is a comprehensive process designed to gain insights into an individual’s strengths, challenges, and overall functioning, ultimately determining the suitability of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis.

This assessment is crucial for tailoring support strategies, accessing specialized services, and providing necessary accommodations.

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How to Get an Autism Diagnosis and More Helpful Information

Stradwick Psychology and Neurofeedback Clinic’s Autism assessment is a comprehensive process designed to gain insights into an individual’s strengths, challenges, and overall functioning, ultimately determining the suitability of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis.

This assessment is crucial for tailoring support strategies, accessing specialized services, and providing necessary accommodations.

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Our Autism assessment is based on collecting information from multiple sources, through the use of evidence-based tests. The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) is used by a trained psychologist to collect information from parents/caregivers about an individual’s development and behaviour. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a standardized assessment of autism, developed for a variety of ages and developmental skills. This assessment is used by a trained psychologist to obtain information about a child’s current behaviour. In addition to these Autism specific tests, a cognitive evaluation is conducted to determine an individual’s intellectual abilities. Normed questionnaires, completed by caregivers and classroom teachers, are used to further understand a child’s behaviour and emotions, as well as their adaptive skills. When needed, additional information about a child’s behaviour is obtained through teacher interviews or school observations. The entire process typically spans four to eight weeks, with the specific timeframe customized based on individual needs.

Preschoolers (1 – 5yr) will be seen within a month of their referral, to ensure quick access to services when appropriate

Benefits of Autism Diagnosis

A formal diagnosis of ASD is essential for several reasons:

  • Accessing specialized services, therapies, and educational accommodations
  • Tailoring support strategies to individual needs
  • Obtaining appropriate legal accommodations and educational benefits
  • Facilitating long-term planning for individuals and their families

When to Seek an Autism Assessment

Individuals or their families often seek an autism assessment when observing specific behaviors or developmental differences indicative of autism spectrum conditions. Reasons for seeking assessment may include:

  • For toddlers: little or no babbling, inconsistent eye contact, limited interest in people, and lack of responsiveness to parents.
  • For preschoolers: specific and intense areas of interest, limited engagement with peers, echoing others, or delayed language skills.
  • For any age: difficulties with conversations, challenges in making and maintaining friendships, and misunderstandings in social situations.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by challenges in social communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism assessments play a pivotal role in identifying and understanding these conditions.

Why Seek an Autism Diagnosis

If you observe behaviors or developmental differences in yourself or a loved one that may indicate ASD, an autism assessment can provide clarity and pave the way for tailored support, services, and accommodations.

What to Expect in an Autism Assessment

The assessment process involves an initial session, interviews, evidence-based testing, feedback, and a comprehensive report. The timeframe may vary, ensuring a personalized approach to meet individual needs.

How to Get Tested for Autism in Ottawa

For specific information about the assessment process and to determine the appropriate timeframe for your situation, consult with clinical psychologists who specialize in autism assessments. They can guide you through the process and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Remember, an autism assessment is a valuable step toward understanding and supporting individuals with autism spectrum conditions, fostering a path toward a more inclusive and accommodating future.