What is an Autism Assessment Test?
Assessments in the education system, such as the autism assessment test, are conducted for the purpose of establishing eligibility for special education services and gathering information to assist in planning an individualized education program (IEP).
Specific assessments are conducted based on the types of concerns reported by teachers and/or parents. These assessments are conducted in addition to the comprehensive evaluation protocols to gain a well-rounded understanding of the student’s strengths and areas of concern. The autism assessment test focuses on determining if the student demonstrates deficits in the three core features of autism: social interaction, communication and restricted, repetitive or stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests or activities.
The behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often appear early in development. Many children show symptoms of autism by 12 months to 18 months of age or earlier. Research shows that early detection and early intervention greatly improve outcomes, so it’s important that parents and educators seek assessment as soon as signs become evident.
Autism Assessment Tests We Provide:
- ASD observation – Behavioral observations take place in natural settings by a person or persons with child development experience and knowledge of ASD.
- ASD developmental interview – family/caregiver report of child’s developmental history (e.g., first words/phrases, first steps), medical history and current strengths and difficulties, establishing that concerns were present before the third birthday.
- Screening tools and/or checklists specific to ASD completed by family, teacher or both (e.g. Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), Individual Strengths and Skills Inventory and Underlying Characteristics Checklist
- Direct interaction with the child in either a play-based or semi-structured interaction with opportunities to probe the child’s social-emotional understanding and observe the child’s coordination of verbal and nonverbal communicative behaviors (e.g., does he or she coordinate eye gaze, facial expressions, and/or gestures with verbal communication?).
- Administration of an assessment tool specific to autism such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
- Standardized assessment of cognitive functioning, adaptive skills, executive function, speech/language/communication, academic achievement, sensory profiles and motor foundation/motor planning determined on a case-by-case situation.
Autism Assessment Test Process:
An interdisciplinary team generally consisting of a school psychologist, autism specialist, special education teacher, speech and language pathologist, and occupational therapist work together to integrate assessment information for diagnostic and programming decisions. The evaluation includes both formal and informal assessments.
The informal assessment will consist of interviews with those who work with the child(school teachers, daycare providers) and the child will be observed in a natural setting such as their home, school, or daycare. There is also a parent interview that consists of a detailed review of the child’s prenatal and birth history, health history, family history, and progression of developmental milestones.
The Formal assessment consists of rating scales specific to ASD for parents and teachers to complete. On many of them, the child’s functioning is compared to same-age peers and results give an idea of just how problematic the skills are. The direct assessment also includes the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 is the most highly researched and accepted instrument in assessment for ASD and can be used with children 12 months and up.
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We take the time to understand the unique challenges schools and districts face with assessments and we are able to tailor our approach to satisfy the exact needs of those we support. Contact us today to talk with an educational professional about our autism assessment test!