Screenings and Diagnosis

Team of experts evaluates each child

The Diagnostic Process

Step 1: Parent calls or emails the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) diagnostic clinical scheduler

Step 2: Intake packet is mailed to caregiver

Step 3: Intake packet is completed by caregiver and returned to CADD

Step 4: Diagnostic appointment scheduled with a team of experts based on the child’s symptoms and age

Step 5: Diagnostic appointment

Step 6: Feedback and recommendations given to caregiver to include:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Education plan
  • Community resources
  • Therapy plan

What happens at the diagnostic session?

Each child is evaluated through a parent interview, direct observations, physical examinations, and diagnostic tools such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). 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 will be chosen from the following providers:

  • Pediatrician
  • Geneticist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Neurologist
  • Psychologist

What happens at the parent feedback session?After the diagnostic session, the family meets at a separate appointment with one or two team members to:

  • Review the diagnostic session evaluations
  • Develop a treatment plan tailored to the child’s needs
  • Help secure support services as needed

Ongoing Treatment and Therapy

Your child’s treatment and therapy plan may include the following programs based on their diagnosis:

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