Diagnostic Services

If your child needs a diagnosis, we’ll connect you with a diagnostician near you who can conduct an evaluation and provide you with all the documents that will be needed to move forward.
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What is Involved in a Diagnostic Evaluation?

Once we have a referral and insurance verification for your child, we can set up the initial appointment. The time it takes to conduct the developmental evaluation varies from child to child as well as the diagnostic tool used. Some insurance companies have specific requests for which diagnostic tool is used when assessing children for ASD. The average time to conduct the assessment varies from 1.5-3 hours

Diagnostic Services

What to Expect at a Diagnostic Appointment

  1. Parent Interview

    Prior to the interview, you will complete an intake form that outlines several questions about your child’s medical, developmental, social-emotional, and behavioral history. At the interview, you will meet with the diagnostician during which a thorough understanding of your child’s developmental history will be obtained through the use of the Autism Diagnostic Inventory, Revised (ADI-R) and questions will be answered about the evaluation process.

  2. Assessment and Evaluation

    Your child will be evaluated using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), a diagnostic instrument specifically determined to be empirically valid for accurately identifying autism, along with measures of adaptive behavior and social emotional functioning. The assessment time will vary depending on your child’s age and skill. You may accompany your child throughout the assessment should separation difficulties emerge.

  3. Recommendation Meeting

    You will meet with the diagnostician following the assessment and evaluation. A comprehensive report will be provided to you at this time which outlines your child’s developmental history, test results, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations for future intervention services. The diagnostician will review these areas in detail and answer questions following the discussion.

Locations

Select your state below to view more information about Autism Learning Partners in your area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you diagnose?

    Yes. We offer onsite diagnostic services in several of our regions. Please get in touch with our intake department to determine if your region offers onsite diagnostic services or to request a list of diagnostic community partners in your area at (888) 805-0759 ext. 276.

  • Do you have qualified staff?

    Yes. Each ALP region employs BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) and master’s level Supervisors who oversee all clinical operations. Additionally, our Behavior Technicians who carry out the daily treatment programs receive a comprehensive training program along with regular supervision, support and ongoing training by our senior clinical staff.

  • Does my child need an autism diagnosis to get ABA services?

    Insurance companies will authorize Applied Behavior Analysis services when a child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If your child does not have a diagnosis of ASD, you can choose to pay for services privately.

  • How long does the diagnostic process take?

    Once the referral and insurance verification is obtained, the evaluation process typically takes 1-2 weeks.

  • How will I confirm that my insurance company covers diagnostic services?

    Our Intake team will verify coverage with your insurance company. A referral from your child’s physician will be required unless your family is paying privately.

  • What are the next steps now that my child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder?

    If your child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, our team will work with your family to secure Applied Behavior Analysis services. We will assist your family in getting approval for a Functional Behavior Assessment. This includes an assessment evaluating the function of your child’s behavior, a first step in developing a comprehensive behavioral treatment program.

  • What is considered a medical diagnosis? Will an IEP suffice?

    A medical diagnosis needs to be given by a qualified medical professional able to diagnose autism. Schools/IEPs are not able to provide a diagnosis. You can confirm with your insurance provider on who they have approved to give diagnosis.

  • What is involved in the diagnostic evaluation?

    Once we have a referral and insurance verification for your child, we can set up the initial appointment. The time it takes to conduct the developmental evaluation varies from child to child as well as the diagnostic tool used. Some insurance companies have specific request for which diagnostic tool is used when assessing children for ASD. The average time to conduct the assessment varies from 1.5-3 hours.

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