Autism assessment

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

The autism assessment involves interviews with parents and teachers, one-on-one assessment of the child, school observation, feedback session, and comprehensive written report. The clinical practitioner will base a diagnosis of ASD on criteria from the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known as DSM