What is Autism?
Autism is a general term for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communications and repetitive behaviors. Autism can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention as well as physical health issues.
Autism Assessment Services for Children and Adults
The Oakwood Specialty Clinic offers autism assessment services consist of three appointments with a psychologist and one appointment with a pediatrician. Here is what to expect:
First appointment - takes one to two hours and involves an extensive interview with the parent/guardian and completion of several questionnaires.
Second appointment - ranges in time from one to three hours and involves direct testing using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule along with IQ and achievement tests as needed. For younger children, the parent/guardian particiates and for older children the parent/guardian reamains in the waiting area.
Third appointment - is a feedback session with both the pediatrician and psychologist which lasts approximately one hour. The parent/guardian attends the session with their child. The outcome of the assessment is shared and referral for services and other recommendations are provided at this time.
With consent, the psychologist will speak with school personnel and other professionals providing services to your child to obtain additional information that may be helpful for the assessment.
If you are interested in getting started with an autism assessment please contact the Oakwood Specialty Clinic at 606.677.4068 extension 1541. We look forward to working with you.