Child, Teen and Family Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Autism Assessments & Diagnostics

It is often a difficult and lengthy process for parents to obtain testing and evaluations for their child. Ryther clinicians are increasing access to this resource by offering evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorders for children, teens and young adults.

This testing includes the Autism Disorder Observation Schedule (ADOS), a sophisticated tool that is not always used in testing and can help provide more specific insight into a child’s social, emotional and learning development.

The first step is an initial screen to determine whether a full Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluation is needed. A psychologist will conduct the screening interview with the parents/guardians. A standardized assessment questionnaire will also be administered to assist in determining whether a full assessment is warranted.

If the results of the screening indicate the need for a full assessment, the psychologist will contact the parents with information about when the evaluation can begin (typically within 1 to 2 weeks).

If a full ASD evaluation is not indicated, the psychologist will contact the parents with information about other possible assessment recommendations or resources.

In addition to interviews and observations, Ryther clinicians use a variety of standardized tools to not only diagnose, but also to assess strengths and challenges which will inform treatment planning. Assessment options include: cognitive and academic testing; neuropsychological tools; and, instruments to describe behavioral and emotional concerns.

Evaluation tools available for specific assessment of ASD include: Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS); Autistic Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R); Autism Disorder Observation Schedule (ADOS); Child Autism Rating Scale (CARS); Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ); Gulliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS); and, the Gulliam Asperger's Diagnostic Scale (GADS).

To schedule an appointment, please call 206.517.0234 or email .