Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Testing
A thorough evaluation of ASD requires time and effort as no one test can confirm a diagnosis. We begin with you.
First, our child psychologists meet with the parents to obtain a history and listen to your concerns. Each child is different and it is important that we get a good medical, developmental, educational and family history to guide us in making a proper diagnosis. The evaluation will vary based on the child’s age and will usually include an initial interview, parent and/or teacher checklists, possible observations of your child and psychological tests.
If a child is diagnosed with ASD, the psychologists at Silber Psychological Services can assist with what approach to take. Your child’s strengths and weaknesses will be discussed and a treatment plan will be formulated to help your child reach his or her full potential. Recommendations may include participation in a social skills group, consultation with the school to help set the child up for success, and parent sessions to discuss the best parenting strategies for a child with an ASD. Recommendations can also include consultation with other professionals such as occupational therapists for sensory and motor treatment or speech/language therapists who deal with language issues.
Our child psychologists can provide a great deal of support while helping parents sort through the vast amount of information about ASD. Parents may also wish to seek support and guidance from other parents of children with ASDs by participating in a local support group and joining the Wake County Autism Society or Autism Society of North Carolina.