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Comprehensive Autism Evaluations
If you suspect your child has autism, our team can provide a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation using research-based assessment measures.
We Offer Diagnostic Testing
Feeling concerned about your child’s developmental progress can be unsettling, but we’re here to provide you with solutions. Our expertise lies in conducting thorough diagnostic assessments using evidence-based evaluation methods, which can give you clarity on the situation.
That doesn’t mean we always give families an autism diagnosis. It means we offer expertise and honest evaluations to help you figure out your next steps.
Since the pandemic began, waitlists for neurodevelopmental evaluations have grown longer than ever before. That’s why BCI has partnered with psychologists in our community to provide diagnostic testing for children. We are proud to offer comprehensive assessments for children between 14 months and 4 years 11 months of age. Additionally, those under 3 years old who are already receiving early intervention services may be eligible to participate in a remote evaluation if there are concerns regarding an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
At BCI, we understand how important it is for parents to find the most suitable services for your child. We strive to provide comprehensive assessments that go beyond simply looking at a child’s behavior and performance.
All evaluations begin with a clinical interview where we discuss your child’s medical history and developmental background. We often conduct these interviews over Zoom, making it convenient for busy families. When we do in-person evaluations, our psychologists work to assess a range of cognitive, language, motor, social, and adaptive functioning areas. We also follow up with a meeting to review the results.
Our team provides a detailed report of your child’s diagnostic evaluation. With the right treatment and support, we help set you up with a plan for success.
Knowing the Symptoms
While a range of symptoms can make autism tricky to diagnose, you can look out for early signs. As your child grows, you can observe whether they are reaching typical developmental milestones.
Children develop at a rapid pace in the first five years of life, learning how to walk, talk, and interact with the world around them. Keep in mind that you know your child best. If you notice your child is not meeting milestones for their age, note what you are observing and bring up any concerns to your pediatrician. Let your child’s doctor know if you notice symptoms of autism.
The symptoms of autism can include:
- Not smiling at others by six months
- Not pointing or gesturing to communicate by 12 months
- Not babbling or jabbering (making nonsensical sounds) by 12 months
- Not communicating with single words (“no,” “mama,” “dada”) by 16 months
- Not communicating with two-word phrases (“want cup,” “go play”) by 24 months
- Not reacting to voices, sounds, or his or her own name by three years
- Making poor eye contact by three years
- Taking little interest in other children or caretakers by three years
- Regressing in (or losing) skills at any time by three years
Getting an Autism Diagnosis
If you notice an early sign, or if your gut tells you something isn’t right, we can help.
There’s no medical or blood test to diagnose autism. Instead, healthcare professionals evaluate your child’s developmental history and behavior. They may need to rule out medical conditions, like hearing or speech problems.
If you don’t have a diagnosis, don’t worry. With clinical insights and best practices refined through our decades of service to the autism community, we’re here to help.