Diagnostic Evaluations

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In our ongoing efforts to meet the increasing needs of our families and the autism community, we are proud to provide another valuable service. Through our partnership with Dr. Madeline William, we provide diagnostic evaluations in our Morton Grove center on Tuesdays without a wait list! Dr. William is a Clinical Psychologist that specializes in psychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults to diagnose autism and other developmental delays. This service gives offers families a new, convenient option for diagnosis, as well as the periodic re-evaluations required by insurance companies.

Through a highly specialized assessment process, Dr. William can identify your child’s areas of deficit, obtain the proper diagnosis, and recommend the most effective intervention plan. Within this evaluation, we use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition (ADOS-2), which is a “gold standard” screening tool to observe the diagnostic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder. This screening tool is designed for children ages 12 months and up, and for individuals of all language functioning ability, including non-verbal individuals. Each parent will receive a comprehensive report during a feedback session with an ASD assessment specialist, in which treatment recommendations are provided to create a clear path toward growth, development, and support.

Therefore, if your child struggles with social communication and social interaction, and/or restricted, repetitive patterns that inhibit success at home, school, or in social situations, an evaluation may be helpful in uncovering the cause. Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are varying and often present differently across individuals. Examples of such symptoms may include lacking social-emotional reciprocity skills, such as typical back-and-forth communication, initiating and responding in conversation, or sharing interests or emotions with others. Children within this spectrum may demonstrate repetitive motor movements or speech, insistence on the sameness of routine or difficulty with flexibility, and heightened distress at small changes or transitions. They may also have rigid thought patterns, can be highly fixated on interests with unusual intensity or focus, and may be over or under stimulated by sensory input in the environment such as temperature, pain, or visual, auditory, scent or tactile preoccupation or sensitivity.

Though many factors that contribute to the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are brain-based and out of our control, there are several factors which indicate positive outcomes that are within our control. These factors include parent involvement, early evaluation and diagnosis, individualized intervention, adequate school support, and community support. As a parent or caretaker who is seeking knowledge and assessment, you are already contributing to your child’s growth and achievement. The next step toward positive outcomes is a comprehensive evaluation.

Dr. William has been a valuable resource for BYS families, as well as expanding our reach in the community! Click to learn more about Dr. William http://www.chicagotherapist.com/about/madeline-william

To schedule an evaluation or find out more about diagnostic services, please call our Morton Grove Center at (224) 470-1111.