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
- 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 are only done virtually. We currently are not offering in-person appointments. For information about virtual diagnostic appointments, 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.