What is Autism?
Autism is not a disease, and therefore, it cannot be “cured.” Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) does, however, affect every individual differently. With effective treatments and therapies, people on the autism spectrum can receive meaningful support and successfully integrate the disorder into their daily lives.
Are You Considering An Autism Spectrum Disorder Test for Your Child?
Persons on the autism spectrum will often see, hear and feel the world differently from other people. While autistic people share certain difficulties, ASD affects each individual uniquely. Testing and diagnosis for autism is the first, crucial step in ensuring your child receives meaningful help and support from the very start.
Three Primary Benefits to Parents of Autism Spectrum Disorder Testing:
What To Expect At Your Initial Autism Consultation
All testing and diagnosis begin with an initial 90 – minute consultation between parents, your child and an Oxford CBT Clinical Psychologist. During that session, your psychologist will work to understand your concerns as parents while also observing your child’s interaction, communication and behaviour. Your clinician will also use the time to gather information relevant to your child’s medical history and ongoing health. They will also administer the RCADS questionnaire, which screens for anxiety disorders and depression.
After your initial consultation, your Oxford CBT clinician will be prepared to identify whether specific symptoms or signs warrant further exploration and/or testing. The psychologist will also formalize these findings in a report and email it to parents.
If traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder are identified, further assessments will be recommended and scheduled.
Examples of common autism spectrum disorder tests include:
To begin the process we offer a ‘Triage appointment’ before a full assessment. Meet with one of our specialist clinicians to review your concerns, screen for the common signs of Autism and ADHD and get an overview of your current situation. Importantly, this ensures we put you on the right path in terms of your assessment plan, signposting or recommendations for further support. Reach out to us today or easily schedule your Triage appointment by clicking below.
A Brief Overview Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Testing
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) testing begins with behavioural observations in multiple environments, including parents, school and other professionals. Typically, we achieve this by asking parents and teachers (or other appropriate individuals) to complete one or more assessment surveys. These are important tools, as they help identify whether your son or daughter demonstrates similar behaviours in more than one setting.
Diagnostic Report And Follow Up
Once all information has been received, a report will then be completed and sent to parents. Oxford CBT will also schedule time with you to explain the report and provide practical recommendations for moving forward. These recommendations usually include a block of sessions with a therapist.
We Are Here To Help
Beginning the assessment process can be worrisome, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
The ADOS Diagnostic Report will provide the following information:
Following completion of testing, we also recommend that parents consult with their child’s general practitioner, especially if there are behavioural difficulties for which medication may be an option.
Take an ASD self-assessment Quiz
Complete this quick quiz so that we can gain a better understanding of your challenges and needs.