Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, that affects about 1 in 36 children in the U.S. (CDC, 2020). Autism is characterized by core symptoms including:
Autism symptoms vary significantly in each child or teen. An individual with ASD can have more severe symptoms in one area but mild symptoms in another.
Many children and teens on the spectrum also have other mental health issues or differences such as:
This variation and overlap in symptoms can make ASD difficult to identify. Our psychologists are experts in diagnosing and working with people on the spectrum. An evaluation is a key first step to understanding and managing your child or teen’s symptoms.
Understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and how its symptoms affect your child or teen can provide guidance in securing effective services to develop strengths and address challenges.
Our diagnostic assessments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) consist of three to four appointments including an in-person visit to our office in downtown Los Angeles, a telehealth interview, a real-world observation, and a feedback session. We aim to schedule one appointment per week, which means you should receive results about a month after your child’s first appointment.
The order of appointments is flexible, allowing your child to begin the testing process even if your family can’t get to our office in L.A. for a few weeks.