Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a wide range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
What Is An Autism Assessment?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a wide range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism usually appears during the first three years of life and oftentimes can be reliably diagnosed before the age of 2 years old.
There are many types of autism, and autism ranges in severity from mildly limiting to very debilitating. Your child doesn’t need to demonstrate all symptoms – but one or more of the symptoms below may be possible indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder:
- Your child doesn’t respond to their name by 12 months of age and may seem deaf
- Your child doesn’t point to objects to share interest with others by 14 months of age
- Your child avoids eye contact and wants to be alone
- Your child doesn’t speak or uses very few words at 18 months of age
- ADHD Assessment
- Learning Disability Assessment
- Giftedness Assessment
- Psycho-educational Assessment
- LEAP (Academic) Assessment
- Whole Life Support
- Counselling/Therapy: Overview
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Group Counselling
- Career Counselling
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Executive Functioning Tutoring
How Can We Help?
Assessment & Treatment
All autism assessments for diagnosis at Compass Clinic follow the BCAAN Standards and are able to access Provincial Autism Funding. Early intervention is important and Compass Clinic can give you early access to funding, saving the wait time of the public system. Assessment of a child under the age of 6 years requires a multidisciplinary assessment team involving a pediatrician, an IQ/developmental test completed by a psychologist, a speech assessment, and a clinical diagnostic assessment (CDA) that includes administration of the ADOS-2 and the ADI-R. The CDA can be completed by any pediatrician, psychiatrist or psychologist trained in the aforementioned tests. At Compass Clinic, we offer the choice of assessment via a pediatrician or a psychologist. We also have a speech therapist who can do the SLP portion of this assessment. Diagnosis for a child who is age 6 or older only requires the CDA portion of the assessment.