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Autism Assessments

What is an autism (ASD) assessment?

Assessment for ASD is a complex process and typically entails evaluation of a number of  domains of functioning. Best practice approaches to ASD assessment also indicate the  involvement of individuals from multiple professional disciplines (i.e., psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, physician) to best understand the individual’s  development, skills, and areas of challenge.

Level Up works with various professionals and the parents to gather information to help us  understand if the child demonstrates the symptoms that typically present in children with an  ASD diagnosis. In order to get a global understanding of the child’s abilities, we complete a  cognitive assessment, social emotional assessment, adaptative functioning assessments, and  also administer specific assessment tools such as the ADOS-2 and/or ADI-R. While these  assessments are generally what we start with, no child is identical. So, we need to tailor the  assessment tools based on the information that is provided to us by the parents.

The assessment process requires the participation of parents or guardians. Parents may be  directly involved in the assessment and/or they may be observers. A parent interview will  always form part of the assessment.

What are some of the signs of Autism?

The presentation of autism can vary between children and different symptoms can present,  depending on the age of the child. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of  Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released by the American Psychiatric Association, is now the  standard reference that healthcare providers use to diagnose mental and behavioral conditions, including autism. For more information, see autism speaks. An alternative resource is aane's definition of terms.

At what age can an ASD assessment be completed?

Level Up practitioners have been trained to conduct autism assessments of children from the  age of 12 months. We have skilled therapists that specialize in toddler mental health, which is a  service that many other organizations do not or cannot provide. Research demonstrates that  early identification and support is key to support the growth and development of your child.  Many services are available to children and their families when a child has an ASD diagnosis.

How do I prepare my child?

Should Children Study for Testing Sessions?

Studying for testing sessions is discouraged and completely unnecessary. In fact, studying  generally only puts children on edge and makes them more nervous, which can negatively  affect their performance. This is especially true of the cognitive testing (IQ test).

Previous Assessments

Come prepared with important documents. If your child has had previous assessments, please  bring these with you. It is also helpful if you can bring the last report card and current IPP, if they have one.

Glasses

If your child wears prescription glasses, please make sure that they wear them during testing  sessions.

Medications

If your child takes any prescription medication regularly, please ensure that it is taken as usual  for testing sessions.

Medications

If your child takes any prescription medication regularly, please ensure that it is taken as usual  for testing sessions.

Snacks

Please bring a few snacks and something to drink for you and your child. 

Diapers/Pull-Ups, etc.

If your child is not toilet-trained, please bring any diapers or other supplies, as needed.

Who can provide a referral for an assessment?

Referrals are accepted from

  • parents/guardians

  • school personnel

  • community providers, such as physicians, speech-language pathologists, occupational  therapists, early interventionists, family liaison workers, mental health providers, and  case workers

I think I may have ASD and I am an adult now, can I still be diagnosed and can I get  support?

Absolutely. As we learn more and more about autism, we also know that many individuals did  not have the opportunity to receive a diagnosis. Level Up can help you.

What is the cost of an assessment?

Each assessment is tailored to the needs of the child. If a psychoeducational assessment has  already been completed within the past year, we are able to support you to keep the cost  down. 

In the event that no previous psychoeducational assessment has been completed or the most  recent one is older than 12 months, we need to complete a new assessment. The reason for  this is the changing nature and development of the child. Using an old assessment would be  unethical and could result in the recommendations being incorrect. This would be similar to  using blood tests that are a year old to try and diagnose a medical issue.

Assessments can range between 15-20 hours depending on what has been completed previously and also what is required in the current assessment. We charge an hourly rate of  $185.00.

Please contact 780-886-4345 or admin@level-up-leadership.com for more information or to book your assessment.