Posted October 10, 2017
Ridge Zeller Therapy’s team approach provides families in the metro Phoenix area, including Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Queen Creek and Apache Junction, AZ, with an extensive understanding of their child’s performance related to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
When completing an evaluation our psychologist will use measures to assess for ASD, as well as completing assessments in the cognitive and adaptive areas, and conducting a parent interview, which includes a comprehensive developmental history.
Our team specializes in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 is the "gold standard" measure in the assessment and diagnosis of individuals with ASD, and can be used with individuals ranging in age from very young children through adults.
In addition, as part of the team evaluation, a full speech-language evaluation will be conducted, which includes the areas of pragmatics and social skills, receptive and expressive language, and speech production.
The occupational therapist working with your child will examine sensory processing and integration skills.
Sometimes, when deemed necessary by the team, the child will be observed in his or her classroom.
After the comprehensive evaluation is completed, families will be provided with feedback regarding their child’s performance and recommendations for next steps, along with a comprehensive written report.
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impact a child's communication skills, social interactions, and behaviors to varying degrees.
According to the DSM-5, individuals with autism spectrum disorder have difficulties in two main areas, social communication skills and restricted/repetitive behaviors.
However, the specific behaviors that an individual with autism spectrum disorder exhibits will vary from person to person.
For example, deficits in the social communication area may include some, but not necessarily all, of the following (please note: for older children, some of these behaviors may have been more noticeable when the child was younger or may have improved over time):
Other potential red flags include:
Additional information about autism and ASD, for Arizona resident's and beyond, can be found at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Autism Speaks, and Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology.