Autism evaluations from the Autism Center of North Louisiana
The Autism Diagnostic Evaluation is the first step and a vital part of the beginning to seek the appropriate treatment for your child. Our diagnostic evaluation involves a multi-disciplinary team of doctors including a pediatric psychiatrist, psychologist, behavior analyst, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist. This specific type of comprehensive evaluation helps parents better understand as much as possible about their child's strengths and needs.
It is important to seek a formal comprehensive evaluation that is validated through standardized testing provided by a multi-disciplinary team. This method is the most accurate method of diagnosis and is considered the gold standard in the process of Autism Diagnosis.
To begin this journey you will be asked to meet formally with the Behavior Analyst whom works directly with children and families impacted by Autism. This consultation lasts up to 90 minutes and will include only the family and/or caretakers of the child. During this time you and the Behavior Analyst will gain information to better understand your concerns, educate you on the diagnostic process, and send you home with the tools you need to begin supporting your child immediately.
Signs of Autism
Symptoms of Autism vary in presentation, frequency, and intensity. This is why the disorder is called Autism SPECTRUM Disorder. The following are symptoms and/or disorders that are associated with Autism:
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Next, you will be scheduled to consult with our child psychiatrist to continue the screening process. Our screening process allows us to assess all factors both externally and internally that may be causing deficits to manifest. During this time, a series of questions will be asked to better understand medically related factors that may have caused delays in your child’s development. You will be educated on potential biological impacts to your child’s development and options for treatment. An initial diagnosis may be given during this time.
In order to confirm the initial diagnosis of Autism, standardized instruments (tests) must be conducted by the multi-disciplinary team. If an initial diagnosis was given during the screening process, your child will be scheduled for formal testing with the Psychologist, Behavior Analyst, Speech Therapist, and Occupational Therapist. Our testing process is designed to be conducted all in one day but may take up to 2 days. This is dependent upon the cooperation and current functioning of your child.
Once formal testing is complete, you will be given a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation report. This evaluation report will include recommendations for treatment, including local providers. You may also use the evaluation to receive Special Education services for your child at his or her school. Our comprehensive evaluation is recognized by all insurance carriers and will allow your child to receive approved services.
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Clinical Psychologist
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- AAMFT Approved Supervisor
- Licensed Addictions Counselor
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
- Licensed Occupational Therapist
- Licensed Physical Therapist