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Psychological Associates of Central Florida
Here at PACFlorida we take a collaborative approach when working with parents seeking diagnostic assistance in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With our two-part approach, the parents or guardians will first meet with Ms. Cassie to gather detailed information about the child by administering the Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R).
The Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R) is the gold standard in ASD assessment and consists of an extended interview designed to elicit a full range of information needed to explore a diagnosis of ASD and related disorders. The ADI-R consist of 93 items that assess four general domains:
A. Reciprocal Social Interaction
B. Abnormalities in Communication
C. Restricted, Repetitive, and Stereotyped Patterns of Behavior
D. Abnormality of Development Evident at or Before 36 Months
The ADI-R thoroughly explores the child’s current state of behavior, as well as the child's behavior during the 12 month period between his/her 4th and 5th birthdays.
Next, the child will meet with Ms. Cassie and will be administered the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2), which is considered the gold standard observational assessment for diagnosis ASD. The ADOS-2 is a semistructured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imaginative use of materials, and restricted and repetitive behaviors for individuals believed to have ASD. The ADOS-2 is comprised of five modules designed to designed to elicit behaviors that are directly relevant to a diagnosis of ASD at different developmental levels and chronological ages.
After all of the information has been gathered, Ms. Cassie will compile the data to determine the presence of ASD and identify appropriate recommendations. The background information, assessment results, opinions, and recommendations are then detailed in a report, which can be made available to the parent, school, or pediatrician. The information included in the report is beneficial for locating and accessing resources in the community and at school.
We take a comprehensive approach to ensure the most accurate and reliable diagnosis. If you have any questions, please call and speak with either Ms. Rebecca or Ms. Dian.