Easter Seals Midwest Autism Services will assess an individual's social, emotional and communicative abilities as well as behaviors present in individuals with autism spectrum disorders through various activities. Using various diagnostic and evaluative instruments--including but not limited to the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)--the assessment may provide confirmation of a predetermined diagnosis, identification of autism spectrum symptomology and specific areas of strengths as well as areas for growth. The assessment will provide specific treatment and placement/programmatic recommendations.
ADOS / Behavior Assessment
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is an assessment that may provide confirmation of a predetermined diagnosis, identification of autism spectrum symptomology and specific areas of strengths, as well as areas for growth.
The assessment will provide specific treatment and placement/programmatic recommendations.
Communication Assessment looks at all areas of language using standardized tests, as well as informal assessment measures including observations and interactions with the person during various activities. The assessment examines strengths and deficits in the area of expressive language, which involves taking a look at how the person communicates using speech, sign language or another form of communication, such as a picture exchange system or communication device. The assessment also determines strengths and deficits in receptive language, which is how well the person understands language and includes responses to directions, responses to questions and identification of pictures. The assessment also looks at pragmatic language skills, or social skills, which includes the ability to interpret facial expressions and body language, as well as the use of eye contact and other subtle communication signals that people with autism spectrum disorders often miss. The social skills assessment also examines how well the person is able to engage in and maintain conversations.
The assessment is performed by a licensed and certified speech and language pathologist. An assessment report is generated, which will identify a thorough overview of the assessment findings with specific recommendations and strategies to use at home, in the community and/or classroom, as well as determine if there is a need for communication therapy.
Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy Assessments
An autism services Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy Assessment looks at the effect of sensory processing on functional performance by assessing an individual's responses to structured and unstructured activities. The assessment looks at how an individual responds to tactile, vestibular (balance and movement), proprioceptive (muscle and joint sense), auditory and visual inputs. The assessment is performed by a licensed occupational therapist knowledgeable in sensory integration. Assessment tools include an interview of the parent(s) or caregiver and the individual, a sensory questionnaire, the Sensory Profile (if appropriate) and a structured observation. The assessment is designed to determine general intervention strategies for the home and/or classroom, and if therapy is necessary.
Functional Behavioral Assessment
Easter Seals Midwest Autism Services' Functional Behavioral Assessment is a systematic process based on applied behavior analysis that seeks to identify the problem behavior of an individual to determine the function or purpose of the behavior. The assessment involves observation of the individual in their natural environment, data analysis, completing checklists and rating forms, and interviews with the parents, caregivers, and/or staff. The gathered information is utilized to maximize the effectiveness and develop interventions to teach acceptable alternatives to the problem behavior.
To learn more about any of of these assessments or to schedule an assessment, please contact us at (314) 432-6200, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.