Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be diagnosed as early as 24 months, but is often not diagnosed until around age 4. This is partly due to lack of awareness of early symptoms by parents and healthcare practitioners. Click here to view a checklist of early red flags for autism in children 18 months to 2 years old. If your child is displaying 4 or more symptoms, consultation with your child’s doctor or with a psychologist is recommended.
Autism Assessments are a type of assessment that evaluates specifically for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children with ASD have challenges with social skills, social communication, and repetitive or unusual interests and behaviours. Every child with ASD is unique. Symptoms vary widely, and may be subtle in some children, and more noticeable in others.
At CASE, ASD assessments are completed by registered psychologists or psychological associates who have years of experience diagnosing ASD in young children and toddlers.
These assessments usually involve:
- Detailed parent interviews
- Structured observations of the child (play-based)
- Cognitive assessment of the child (depending on age)
- Questionnaires completed by parents, teachers, or other caregivers
At the end, parents are provided with a complete report, a diagnosis if one is made, recommendations for support, information on early support services in the community, and the process for registering with the ministry for autism funding.
We understand that considering an autism assessment can feel overwhelming. We are happy to spend time answering your questions, and to ensure that you understand and are comfortable with the process. If you would like further information, please call our office to schedule a consultation.