Assessment Program

If your child is showing symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it is important to have them evaluated by a professional. While it may seem frightening, it is the first step in helping your child live a productive life. If they are diagnosed with ASD, we will coordinate treatment, family educational and support programs, and provide input to help your school create an individualized education plan (IEP).

The Importance of Early Diagnosis

If your child is exhibiting symptoms that you suspect may be related to ASD, you may feel a sense of urgency to find out for certain. An autism diagnosis can occur when your child is young – as early as 12 months – and the earlier a child begins treatment, the better the outcome is likely to be. Discuss your child’s symptoms with your pediatrician to see if the Thompson Autism Center is the right next step for your family.

Two female psychologist doctors assessing toddler boy with toys and bubbles

What to Expect at Your Assessment

The first step to getting help with your child’s symptoms is an assessment. Assessments are offered at the Thompson Autism Center for children ages 1-6. An assessment is typically done in a one-day visit.

Before Your Assessment

Before the visit, we will ask you to complete several questionnaires about your child’s behaviors; we encourage you to identify any milestones you feel are delayed with your child and make notes about the symptoms you’ve seen.

During Your Assessment

During the visit, clinicians will observe your child, do testing and talk to you and/or your child about their symptoms. If your child is school age, bring any IEP information that you have in place. Based on your child’s needs, your assessment may include different providers such as psychologists, physicians, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists.

After Your Assessment

Recommendations for services and treatment plans will be discussed the same day. The good news is that early intervention can help in treating ASD, offering the tools your child needs to thrive. If your child is school age, we can also assist in creating an IEP that will help your child succeed in school.