Autism and Aspergers
Our child psychologists in Cary, NC conduct Autism testing for children, adolescents, and adults. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social skills, communication, and behavior. Some individuals are considered to have "high functioning autism" because they are able to remain in mainstream classes with extra intervention and are typically able to live and work independently as adults. On the other end of the spectrum, individuals with severe autism may have some or all of the following symptoms: absence of spoken language, low IQ, aggressive behavior, self-harm, and an inability to take care of themselves.
These are some of the tests in our library that we may administer in an autism evaluation:
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R)
Childhood Autism Rating Scale - 2nd Ed. (CARS-2)
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales - 3rd Ed. (Vineland-III)
Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children - 5th Ed. (WISC-V)
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - 4th Ed. (WAIS-IV)
Behavioral Assessment Scales for Children - 3rd Ed. (BASC-3)
You may have heard the term Asperger Syndrome, which was formerly used to describe individuals on the high end of the autism spectrum. Similarly, the term Pervasive Developmental Disorder described individuals who were clearly on the autism spectrum but did not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for autism. Psychologists and other healthcare providers do not use these terms anymore, as they have been replaced by the broader diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism evaluations involve much more than just tests, and the individual being evaluated may see several different providers during the course of the evaluation. The psychological evaluation at Etheridge Psychology is a good place to start. We gather a detailed developmental history of the individual by talking to a parent or other person who has this information. The psychologist will also interact with and observe the individual to assess for observable symptoms. Due to the comprehensive nature of this evaluation, several appointments are to be expected.
The psychologist may refer you to other providers during the course of the assessment. The pediatrician or general practitioner should perform a complete physical examination, including hearing and vision tests and possibly a lead test. The medical doctor should decide whether a neurological exam or genetic testing is indicated. You may be referred to an occupational therapist for a sensory-motor evaluation or a speech pathologist for a speech evaluation.
Call us to schedule an initial appointment to determine whether an autism evaluation is right for you or your child. We are located in Cary NC but are convenient to Raleigh, Apex, and Holly Springs. In the meantime, we recommend the following websites for more information on ASD:
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