Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL EVALUATION TAKE?
Evaluations are prioritized towards obtaining a comprehensive clinical picture. Due to the uniqueness and complexity of all children, evaluations typically require 1-2 hours of testing (depending on child’s age and presenting concerns), a parent feedback appointment and a school feedback session. Parent can also provide supporting documentation from the child’s school, e.g., their CE and IEP, as well as FBA, BIPs and information from classroom observations.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL EVALUATION "LOOK" LIKE? HOW CAN I EXPLAIN THE DAY(S) TO MY CHILD?
Evaluations are interactive, age-appropriate and include a variety of table tasks, computer tasks, play-based tasks, and conversational activities. We recommend keeping the explanation simple for your child. Explain that they are going to be doing different activities (e.g., puzzles, blocks, drawing, reading) to see how they “learn the best.” Children are given frequent breaks, prizes and snacks throughout the evaluation and most children enjoy the process. There is a snack section of the assessment, so parents are encouraged to bring 2 snack for their child to choose from. Aside from getting a good night sleep and eating a healthy breakfast, no preparation is required.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD NEEDS AN EVALUATION?
Children and adolescents are typically referred for testing by their school, therapist, pediatrician, or parents if they are having learning, attentional, social/emotional or behavioral difficulties, or when there is a question of giftedness. During the initial parent meeting, we will help determine whether a comprehensive evaluation is necessary.
DO YOU COLLABORATE WITH MY CHILD'S SCHOOL OR CURRENT PROVIDERS?
Yes! We believe strongly in establishing a strong bond with school professionals, teachers, and other allied professions. We often conduct classroom observations, routinely obtain teacher observations of the child, and attend school feedback meetings to present evaluation findings. In addition, we assist with IEP/504 Plan development.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATION OR SCHOOL OBSERVATION?
We conduct all aspects of the evaluation process ourselves. We do not employ graduate students or technicians.
DO YOU BILL INSURANCE?
The cost of the ADOS-2 comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and assessment report is $1,800, due in 3 installment payments over the course of the evaluation and reporting process. Please see the included Fee and Payment Schedule included with this information packet.
Renewed Hope Family Services will not directly bill your insurance company for these services. Any effort to recapture any compensation from your insurance company is solely your responsibility. If you plan on doing so, we do recommend you contact your health insurance provider prior to scheduling an evaluation.