A comprehensive evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder will include an assessment of cognitive abilities, behavior, social functioning, sensory processing, and adaptive abilities. These measures of ability and functioning are completed through direct assessment, observation, interviews, and psychological questionnaires. The exact instruments used vary by age and circumstance. In most circumstances, a comprehensive evaluation will include the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)
Sometimes the characteristics of Autism are missed. This is particularly true for females and ASD Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder. Psychoeducational Services of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay is committed to a comprehensive evaluation that is administered in a neurodiversity-affirming manner and is sensitive enough to provide a correct diagnosis for all individuals.
Autism Spectrum Disorder affects each individual differently and as such the specific needs for support are unique to that individual and family. Common supports and counseling needs include client and family education, social skills development, adaptive skill development, emotional regulation skills, and executive functioning skills.