Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition. Often, an individual with this disorder will possess repetitive behaviours, challenges in social interaction, and speech and nonverbal communication impediments. It is important to note that while many people with autism have normal intelligence, many others have mild or significant intellectual delays.
According to several scientific experts, including the DSM-5, “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is manifested by persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, including:
- Deficits in social/emotional reciprocity;
- Deficits in nonverbal communication behaviours;
- And, deficits in developing, maintaining and understanding relationships
Our psychologists will study a child’s intellectual ability, adaptive functioning, achievements, social and emotional functioning, attention, concentration, and executive functioning during this type of assessment.
A typical autism assessment includes a measure of the following:
- intellectual ability (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WAIS-IV)
- achievement (WIAT-III)
- adaptive functioning (ABAS-3)
- social and emotional functioning (BASC-3, PAI)
- attention and concentration (if needed) – BASC-3, Conners 3rd , CAARS, CPT, CATA, IVA-AE2
- executive functioning – BRIEF