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Interdisciplinary Developmental Assessment

Interdisciplinary Development Assessment

An Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Assessment is conducted by our clinical team including a psychologist and a speech and language pathologist. The developmental assessment may also include an occupational and physical therapy assessment, based on reported needs. This assessment can last up to 3 hours and requires families to complete needed questionnaires and assessment tools.

During the first appointment the Play Works Children's Therapies’ team will:

  • -Collect further background information and behavioral observation

  • -Assess your child’s motor abilities related to speech, his/her understanding of other’s speech, and his/her expression of ideas

  • -Complete an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), a standardized play based assessment used to evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • -Explain any further questionnaires we would like for you to complete about your child’s behavior

Who will be on my child’s team?

Psychologist

A psychologist plays an important role in the multidisciplinary assessment of a child on the autism spectrum. They measure a child’s level of cognitive functioning (IQ) and perform assessments for anxiety, depression and other comorbid conditions. As with many clinicians on the multidisciplinary team, psychologists also administer diagnostic assessments to determine an autism spectrum diagnosis.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play a critical role in the identification and evaluation of autism due to their expertise in core features of the disorder. SLPs are often among the first clinicians to work with a child who has undiagnosed autism and can be a key part of the multi-disciplinary team that makes the diagnosis. An SLP will assess your child’s understanding and use of language, in addition to social language skills including eye contact, turn taking, and play skills.

Occupational Therapist

A comprehensive OT evaluation for a child with ASD can determine the factors that are affecting his or her ability to function independently. For example, an evaluation may detect sensory processing issues (e.g. visual and auditory impairments) that hinder a child’s ability to adapt to his home or school environment. An evaluation can also detect gross motor/fine motor (GM/FM) delays as well as delays in visual motor control, balance and coordination. It can also detect impairments in executive functioning, which includes motor planning, sequencing and step-by-step problem solving.

Psychologist Review

The final step in the assessment process will be a feedback discussion with the Psychologist. This session is usually completed during a separate visit, and is booked for one hour, allowing you the opportunity to ask questions and review recommendations. During this session, you will discuss testing results, impressions and diagnosis. The follow up appointment will also offer recommendations for next steps in medical care, subspecialty care and treatment, such as speech, ABA, or OT/PT.

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