Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments for Diagnosis
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex genetic neurodevelopmental disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life and can be reliably diagnosed before the age of 2 years old. It is characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication, and a display of rigid and repetitive behaviours.
There are many early indicators of autism. The following signs are possible indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Your child does not need to demonstrate all of the indicated behaviours to come in for a screening:
- Does not respond to their name by 12 months of age and may seem deaf
- Does not point to objects to share interest with others by 14 months of age
- Avoids eye contact and wants to be alone
- Does not speak, or uses very few words at 18 months of age
- Displays behavioural difficulties (e.g., overreacts to small changes, shows a limited range of interest, has trouble sleeping/toileting/eating a variety of foods)
At Monarch House we offer a free of charge service for parents to address questions and/or concerns regarding their child’s development with our team of professionals. The results of the screening will be discussed with parents and are meant to indicate which areas are following typical development and others which should be monitored more closely or if further assessment is recommended. If you have concerns about your child’s development it’s important to trust your instincts, you know your child best! It is important to continually monitor your child’s development and seek out second opinions if needed to ensure your concerns are properly addressed.
If appropriate for your child, our team of professionals is available to administer an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment for diagnosis. Our thorough assessments for diagnosis use gold standard assessment standards and meet all eligibility requirements to allow you to access provincial funding immediately. Understanding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention we are committed to ensuring you can access our assessment services within 2 weeks or contacting us.
This Online screening tool may also be helpful in determining if assessment services for ASD would be beneficial to your child: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis/mchat
For additional information on this service please contact your nearest Monarch House Location.