Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by patterns of behavior and difficulty with social skills, communication and interacting. Symptoms present in early childhood and affect all aspects of daily functioning.
"Spectrum" is a term that refers to a wide range of skills, symptoms, and levels of disabilities that occur in those living with ASD. A diagnosis of ASD includes an assessment of intellectual disability, social functioning, and language impairment.
ASD occurs in every race and ethnicity. Boys are significantly more likely to develop ASD than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children has some degree of ASD.
A Child and Family Psychiatry offers a comprehensive screening and diagnostic process. The first step includes a screening questionnaire that is done prior to the diagnostic interview. No one knows their child better than you. This questionnaire provides valuable information about growth, development, and behaviors that are essential in the diagnostic process. Information from the child's pediatrician, school, and daycare are also helpful. The next step of the diagnostic process involves multiple evidence-based assessments performed in our clinic.
Testing involves a detailed evaluation of your child's development, speech and an age-appropriate evaluation of cognitive abilities that may include:
We provide an interdisciplinary evaluation, utilizing evidence-based practice that allows multiple providers to spend time with both the child and family. This process provides the opportunity to offer our team the ability to provide a thorough evaluation and then offer families individualized recommendations for treatment.
At the completion of the assessment, you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to review your child's comprehensive evaluation report that includes individualized treatment recommendations, receive a diagnosis, discuss results, and address concerns.
Our interdisciplinary team may include a psychiatrist, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, speech and language pathologist, licensed counselor and other medical professionals.
For more information:
Association for Science in Autism Treatment
P.O. Box 1447
Hoboken, NJ 07030
The Association for Science in Autism Treatment is a great source for research summaries of the full array of autism treatments for families and professionals to make informed choices before considering treatment options.
Autism Research Institute (ARI)
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Tel: 619-281-7165; 866-366-3361
Autism Research Institute offers online educational events for parents and caretakers, provides a monthly e-newsletter with research updates, and collaborates with nonprofit and research organizations worldwide for Autism research.
Autism Society of America
4340 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 301-657-0881; 800-3AUTISM (328-8476)
The Autism Society of America is one of the leading sources of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its national network, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of federal, state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law.
Autism Speaks, Inc.
1 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-252-8584; 888-288-4762
Autism Speaks is focused on increasing global awareness of autism, better understanding of the breadth of the autism spectrum, and advocacy to increase research and access to care and support. Autism Speaks is dedicated to advancing research into causes and better treatments for autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel: 800-311-3435; 404-639-3311; 404-639-3543
The CDC offers great information regarding the prevalence of autism and other factors related to the occurrence of Autism.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892-2320
Tel: 301-496-7243; 800-241-1044; 800-241-1055 (TTY)
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.