Autism Evaluations for Children
Lighthouse Autism Center now offers autism evaluations at every Lighthouse location. If your child is missing developmental milestones, or you are seeing signs of autism in your child, it’s critical to seek an autism evaluation. Research shows that the earlier children are diagnosed, the better their outcomes. Early intervention is critical for children with autism and an autism diagnosis is the first step to early intervention.
Our autism evaluation team will work with you to collect the necessary paperwork to complete the evaluation and then schedule your child’s autism evaluation at a center near you.
The Autism Diagnostic and Evaluation Process
Lighthouse Autism Center knows the importance of autism diagnoses and early intervention. We are here to help every step of the way. We pride ourselves in a collaborative, clinical approach to assist you through the diagnostic process.
Our team includes a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social workers and mental health counselors, as well as BCBAs.
To begin the process, you will attend a virtual parent interview with our psychologist or other qualified licensed professional, followed by an evaluation. During the evaluation, caregiver and child with meet with a qualified technician, which may include a BCBA or other licensed clinical professional for approximately one hour in which the clinician will administer an assessment, including either the Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition (CARS 2), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), or other standardized assessment for evaluating autism in children. Our clinician will observe and interact with the child in several play activities.
Following the appointment, our licensed psychologist will reach out to you to review their diagnostic findings including any diagnoses provided as well as recommendations for next steps.
- Step 1: Contact Lighthouse Autism Center’s Diagnostic Team
- Step 2: Submit necessary paperwork to our autism evaluation team
- Step 3: Schedule your autism evaluation
- Step 4: Complete autism evaluation and receive results / recommendations
Frequently Asked Questions
A child can be evaluated as early as 18 months for autism. The early signs of autism typically present as missed developmental milestones at an early age. Research shows that the earlier a child receives an autism diagnosis the better their long term outcomes. Lighthouse Autism Center offers autism evaluations to any child between the ages of 2 and 6.
Every individual with autism is different and there are a wide variety of therapies to meet each individuals unique needs. Children diagnosed with autism often receive ABA therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. ABA therapy, or Applied Behavior Analysis, is the only treatment for autism endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and helps children improve social, speech, living, school-readiness and other skills, while decreasing behaviors that are harmful. Those that receive ABA therapy at an early age have been shown to lead more independent lives in the future.