Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by:
- difficulties in social interaction,
- difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication, and
- repetitive behaviors (Autism Speaks 2014).
At PCC we utilize clinical interview, self-report measures, parent report measures, school report measures, standardized assessment measures, and school observation and language evaluations (as necessary) to confirm the diagnosis and to make comprehensive recommendations for managing, treating, and parenting the individual.
Common Assessment Measures for autism spectrum disorder:
Adaptive Behavior Assessment Scale, Second Edition (ABAS-2)
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-II)
Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)
Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS)
Emotional Measures used to supplement autism specific measures (as needed):
Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2)
Beck Youth Inventories, Second Edition – (BYI-II)
Cognitive Measures to supplement autism specific measures:
Differential Abilities Scale, Second Edition (DAS-II)
Leiter International Performance Scale, Revised (non-verbal)
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth and Fifth Edition (WISC-IV and WISC-V)
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale- Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)
Anyone that has concerns their toddler/young child may need autism spectrum testing may click here to take a brief toddler screening.
If the result places your child as “high risk” or you still have concerns, please call our office to arrange a full autism evaluation 214.526.4525.