- Occurs before the age of 3 years
- Qualitative impairment in social engagement
- Qualitative impairment in communication
- Restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities
(Rellini et al., 2004)
The diagnostic process will consist of a multidisciplinary assessment procedure that includes a review of medical records, detailed developmental history, description of current behaviors, assessment of cognitive/language abilities and observations of functioning in a variety of settings (American Psychiatric Association, 2004). Upon completion of the autism symptoms evaluation, a comprehensive psychological report is developed which includes a diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
One of the most important facets of treatment is identifying the autism symptoms such as avoidance of eye contact, delay in learning to speak, monotonous speech, inappropriate social interactions, are some of the symptoms we evaluate and diagnose before offering solutions. The process of symptoms evaluation is very scientific and based on the evaluations, ABA therapy, treatment, and care is offered.
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R): Is a structured interview used for evaluating symptoms, diagnosing autism, planning treatment, and distinguishing autism from other developmental disorders.
Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS): Is a standardized observational instrument that assesses symptoms of autism in the areas of communication, socialization, toy play, and stereotyped behaviors and restricted interests through various activities designed to elicit certain behaviors.
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS): Semi-structured parent interview that measures adaptive behavior and provides an estimate of overall adaptive functioning.
Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS): A scale that assesses behavior in 14 domains that are generally affected by severe problems in autism.