Preschool Age Diagnostic Assessments

Early identification of problems and early intervention are important for the child’s positive development. If you, or your pediatrician, are worried about signs of autism or missed milestones in your preschooler, it may be time for an assessment. Because there is no simple test, your child is evaluated based on observations of development and behaviors as well as communication with you, the parent, about your concerns.

We can help

At the Family Guidance and Therapy Center we offer a a comprehensive autism evaluation for children between the ages of three and five years old. Depending on the outcome of the evaluation we can then refer you to the necessary early interventions that can be critical for the growth of your child.

How Does It Work?

The multidisciplinary team that will perform the evaluation consists of a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist (OT), and Speech Language Therapist (SLT). The Psychologist will administer most of the assessments, including cognitive, developmental, and social-emotional measures.

The SLT will administer a language screening, and provide feedback to the Psychologist. The OT will score and review results of the sensory questionnaire, and provide feedback to the Psychologist. Additional language and sensory-motor assessments, beyond a basic screening, are available if requested.

The psychologist will provide parents with feedback and appropriate clinical diagnosis, and integrate evaluation scores to create a final comprehensive report

How Long Does it Take?

The assessment itself will take 4 hours for the various professionals to evaluate the child. 

You will receive your written test results and the diagnosis within two weeks. 

At the Family Guidance and Therapy Center there is no wait for any diagnostic assessment. 

How Much Does it Cost?

The full assessment and evaluation will cost $1500

It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible for your family, especially when it comes to paying for an assessment. We are prepared to accept insurance for all evaluations and will work with your insurance provider to help you qualify. In-Network Status is pending for all major health insurances, please call us for the most updated list.

Technical Details

We use the following diagnostic tests to evaluate your child:

MIGDAS-2: Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum, Second Edition, includes parent/caregiver and teacher participation.

  • Qualitative description of the student covering three areas: Language and Communication, Social Relationships and Emotional Responses, and Sensory Use and Interests. 
  • Provides evaluators with an efficient method of systematically gathering and organizing the information needed to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, adolescents, and adults

ADOS-2: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition 

Allows the evaluator to accurately assess and diagnose autism spectrum disorders across age, developmental level, and language skills. Standardized behavior observation and coding. Score indicating level of autism spectrum-related symptoms compared to children with ASD who are the same age and have similar language skills.

Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition Normative Update (KABC-2 NU): The KABC-II NU approach provides insights into how a child receives and processes information, helping pinpoint cognitive strengths and weaknesses. 

(PLAI-2) Preschool Language Assessment Instrument, Second Edition

The PLAI-2 identifies young children with language and communication problems that might impede classroom performance. Test results compare receptive and expressive language skills and pinpoint pragmatic behaviors that interfere with communication.

(CASD) Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The CASD rates 30 symptoms of autism, covering six domains: 

  • Problems with social interaction
  • Perseveration
  • Somatosensory disturbance
  • Atypical communication and development
  • Mood
  • Problems with attention and safety

Symptoms are scored as present or absent based on information drawn from various sources, including teacher, caregiver, parent, observation of the child, and available records.

Parent and Self-Report Questionnaires:

ABAS-3 Parent Form Ages 0 – 5

Provides a complete assessment of adaptive skills across the lifespan. Measuring adaptive skills is important whenever a disorder or other condition affects daily functioning. 

BASC-3

BASC-3 applies a triangulation method for gathering information. It analyzes a child’s behavior from three perspectives: self, teacher, and parent.

  • Teacher Rating Scales (TRS) measure adaptive and problem behaviors in the preschool or school setting.
  • Parent Rating Scales (PRS) measure both adaptive and problem behaviors in the community and home setting.
  • Structured Developmental History (SDH) offers a comprehensive history and background survey that supplies a thorough review of social, psychological, developmental, educational, and medical information on the child.

(SRS™-2) Social Responsiveness Scale™, Second Edition

Identifies the presence and severity of social impairment within the autism spectrum and differentiates it from that which occurs in other disorders. 

Sensory Profile 2

The Sensory Profile™ 2 provides standardized tools to help evaluate a child's sensory processing patterns in the context of home, school, and community-based activities.

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Preschool Age Diagnostic Assessments

Early identification of problems and early intervention are important for the child’s positive development. If you, or your pediatrician, are worried about signs of autism or missed milestones in your preschooler, it may be time for an assessment. Because there is no simple test, your child is evaluated based on observations of development and behaviors as well as communication with you, the parent, about your concerns.

We can help

At the Family Guidance and Therapy Center we offer a a comprehensive autism evaluation for children between the ages of three and five years old. Depending on the outcome of the evaluation we can then refer you to the necessary early interventions that can be critical for the growth of your child.

How Does It Work?

The multidisciplinary team that will perform the evaluation consists of a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist (OT), and Speech Language Therapist (SLT). The Psychologist will administer most of the assessments, including cognitive, developmental, and social-emotional measures.

The SLT will administer a language screening, and provide feedback to the Psychologist. The OT will score and review results of the sensory questionnaire, and provide feedback to the Psychologist. Additional language and sensory-motor assessments, beyond a basic screening, are available if requested.

The psychologist will provide parents with feedback and appropriate clinical diagnosis, and integrate evaluation scores to create a final comprehensive report

How Long Does it Take?

The assessment itself will take 4 hours for the various professionals to evaluate the child. 

You will receive your written test results and the diagnosis within two weeks. 

At the Family Guidance and Therapy Center there is no wait for any diagnostic assessment. 

How Much Does it Cost?

The full assessment and evaluation will cost $1500

It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible for your family, especially when it comes to paying for an assessment. We are prepared to accept insurance for all evaluations and will work with your insurance provider to help you qualify. In-Network Status is pending for all major health insurances, please call us for the most updated list.

Technical Details

We use the following diagnostic tests to evaluate your child:

MIGDAS-2: Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum, Second Edition, includes parent/caregiver and teacher participation.

  • Qualitative description of the student covering three areas: Language and Communication, Social Relationships and Emotional Responses, and Sensory Use and Interests. 
  • Provides evaluators with an efficient method of systematically gathering and organizing the information needed to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, adolescents, and adults

ADOS-2: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition 

Allows the evaluator to accurately assess and diagnose autism spectrum disorders across age, developmental level, and language skills. Standardized behavior observation and coding. Score indicating level of autism spectrum-related symptoms compared to children with ASD who are the same age and have similar language skills.

Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition Normative Update (KABC-2 NU): The KABC-II NU approach provides insights into how a child receives and processes information, helping pinpoint cognitive strengths and weaknesses. 

(PLAI-2) Preschool Language Assessment Instrument, Second Edition

The PLAI-2 identifies young children with language and communication problems that might impede classroom performance. Test results compare receptive and expressive language skills and pinpoint pragmatic behaviors that interfere with communication.

(CASD) Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The CASD rates 30 symptoms of autism, covering six domains: 

  • Problems with social interaction
  • Perseveration
  • Somatosensory disturbance
  • Atypical communication and development
  • Mood
  • Problems with attention and safety

Symptoms are scored as present or absent based on information drawn from various sources, including teacher, caregiver, parent, observation of the child, and available records.

Parent and Self-Report Questionnaires:

ABAS-3 Parent Form Ages 0 – 5

Provides a complete assessment of adaptive skills across the lifespan. Measuring adaptive skills is important whenever a disorder or other condition affects daily functioning. 

BASC-3

BASC-3 applies a triangulation method for gathering information. It analyzes a child’s behavior from three perspectives: self, teacher, and parent.

  • Teacher Rating Scales (TRS) measure adaptive and problem behaviors in the preschool or school setting.
  • Parent Rating Scales (PRS) measure both adaptive and problem behaviors in the community and home setting.
  • Structured Developmental History (SDH) offers a comprehensive history and background survey that supplies a thorough review of social, psychological, developmental, educational, and medical information on the child.

(SRS™-2) Social Responsiveness Scale™, Second Edition

Identifies the presence and severity of social impairment within the autism spectrum and differentiates it from that which occurs in other disorders. 

Sensory Profile 2

The Sensory Profile™ 2 provides standardized tools to help evaluate a child's sensory processing patterns in the context of home, school, and community-based activities.

Live purposefully. Love fully. Grow with us!

Point Loma Location
619-600-0683 

Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch
619-600-0683 

Austin/Central Texas
512-643-4446

Temecula
951-506-1919

Orange County
657-999-3232

Petaluma
707-533-1230

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Point Loma Location
619-600-0683

Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch
619-600-0683

Austin/Central Texas
512-643-4446

Orange County
657-999-3232

Inland Empire (Temecula)
951-506-1919

Petaluma
707-533-1230

 

 

Copyright 2016-2019 |  Website: AlfordCreative | Terms of Use

 

 

Point Loma Location
619-600-0683

Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch
619-600-0683

Austin/Central Texas
512-643-4446

Temecula
951-506-1919

Orange County
657-999-3232  

Petaluma
707-533-1230

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