Autism is a complex developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, though it is sometimes diagnosed much later. It affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.
Autism is a spectrum disorder that encompasses a wide continuum of behaviors. Core features include impaired social interactions, impaired verbal and nonverbal communication, and restricted interests and repetitive patterns of behavior. Symptoms may vary from quite mild to quite severe.
- Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation – includes a formal assessment of intellectual functioning and an assessment of adaptive behavior.
- Educational Evaluation – included assessment of educational performance and current functioning levels.
- Communication Evaluation – includes assessment of verbal and non-verbal communication and pragmatics.
- Behavioral Evaluations – include assessment of social interaction and participation; peer and adult interactions; capacity to relate to others; stereotypical behaviors; resistance to change; atypical responses to sensory stimuli; persistent preoccupation with fixed interest and/or attachment to objects; misinterpreting communication and social interactions; and other behaviors often associated with autism.
- Developmental History – includes developmental differences and delays and age of onset.