Autism Evaluation -

Autism Evaluation

Autism Evaluation -

At Little Spurs Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, we performing autism evaluations to children 0-21 years old in both English and Spanish. The evaluation takes place over three separate visits to our office and includes and initial evaluation, then visit to perform the ADOS-2 test, and then a follow up consultation to review results.

During our assessment, our primary goal is to determine whether or not your child is on the autism spectrum. While testing does not guarantee a diagnosis, we will answer any and all questions you have about your child’s development. If your child is determined to be on the autism spectrum, we will provide you with a medical diagnosis that you can use to begin different therapy services.

What is the ADOS-2? 

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) at Little Spurs Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is what is administered by our trained clinician to evaluate communication skills, social interactions, and imaginative use of materials in children who are suspected to have Autism.  

The ADOS-2 is designed for individuals as young as 12 months old and into adulthood. For individuals to adequately participate in this assessment, there is a minimum development of 12 months and no significant sensory or motor impairments such as blindness or inability to walk.    

As always, our goal at Little Spurs is to come alongside families to offer support and education on developmental diagnosis, goals for your child, and to equip you to best support for your family.  

What To Expect -

What To Expect

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    Intake Consultation

    Our initial visit takes approximately one hour and we use this time to obtain medical and developmental histories, perform clinical observations of your child and discuss what your concerns are. At this visit, developmental and autism screening may be obtained along with language assessment in preparation for further testing.

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    During the second visit we will go over all the diagnostic testing which may include ADOS-2 testing if autism is a concern, or other standardized developmental testing. This will take approximately 2 hours.

    Parents & Family Roles in Assessment:  

    A parent’s primary role is to simply observe, although during the assessment our PNP may ask the parent to interact with the child in a specific way. During the final visit with us, the results of the assessment are reviewed with family in addition to spending time with our clinician to review the results of the evaluation and address any questions.  

    Families are provided with a written report with detailed recommendations. Appropriate recommendations will be made at this time such as continuing developmental follow up with a Primary Care Provider, Developmental Pediatrician, Psychologist, or Neurologist. 

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    Follow Up

    The final visit, which usually takes an hour, will provide parents with feedback, test results, diagnosis, and discussion of plan of care that can then be utilized by PCP, Developmental Pediatrician and shared with the school district. The Nurse Practitioner will provide a written report to parents and the PCP for continued management. 

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