Autism Spectrum Disorder Screenings
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the name of a group of developmental disorders. ASD includes a wide range, “a spectrum”, of symptoms, skills and levels of disability.
Individuals with ASD often have these characteristics:
- Ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others
- Repetitive behaviors as well as limited interests or activities
- Symptoms that are typically recognized in the first two years of life
- Symptoms that hurt the individual’s ability to function socially, at school or work, or other areas of life
Some people are mildly impaired by their symptoms while others are severely disabled. Early intervention is crucial in successfully impacting the individual’s overall functioning and quality of life.
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is utilized to assess individuals for a potential diagnosis of autism or a related autism spectrum disorder. Through a series of structured and semi-structured tasks involving interaction between the examiner and the subject, this assessment can be utilized to detect the possibility for such a disorder as early as 18 months of age. Often, children are referred to ADOS testing if caregivers and/or professionals are concerned in regard to a child’s developmental progress.