Diagnostic Evaluation

Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

At the Henry Ford Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD), we provide diagnostic appointments for children ages 1-18, where we assess each child and establish or rule out a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We also can diagnose a variety of other developmental disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), communication disorders, and anxiety disorders.

What happens at the diagnostic session?

Each child is evaluated through a parent interview, direct observations, physical examinations, and diagnostic tools.  The evaluation team reviews your child’s medical records and reports from your child’s school.  Depending on your child’s age and symptoms, a specific team will be selected for your child’s diagnostic evaluation.  Your team may include the following providers:

  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Neurologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

How is the diagnostic evaluation different at CADD?

Our diagnostic appointment is a one-day, multidisciplinary evaluation, followed by a feedback appointment soon after.

What happens at the feedback appointment?

A few weeks after the diagnostic appointment is completed, the family meets at a separate feedback appointment with one of the providers to:

  • Share diagnosis and review results
  • Offer treatment recommendations/resources
  • Provide family with a copy of the diagnostic reports

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are diagnostic appointments offered?

Diagnostic appointments occur at Henry Ford Medical Center - Hamtramck. To schedule an appointment, please call (313) 972-9009.

What is the wait time for a diagnostic appointment?

The wait time varies. For more information, please call (313) 972-9009 and speak with the scheduling coordinator.

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Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email CommunicationAccess@hfhs.org.

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