Autism, Behavior and Learning

Evaluation – “ABLE” Team
 
To start the Intake Process:

  • Complete the Intake Form, Child Family History Form and Developmental Checklist and return to:
    Intake Coordinator
    Peds Rehab
    P.O. Box 9130
    Boulder, CO 80301-9130

         Or

    Email to pedsrehabintake@bch.org

  • A psychologist and case manager will meet with the family to discuss the child’s history and to determine the goals of the evaluation.  If appropriate, an evaluation will be scheduled.
  • Prior to the intake meeting, parents are asked to provide copies of any reports from other therapists or schools.  This information helps the ABLE team plan the evaluation. 

The Evaluation:

  • The evaluation team consists of a psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and physical therapist.
  • Evaluations are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • A 90-minute family conference to discuss findings and recommendations is scheduled for the following week. 

Tests Administered:

  • The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) [parents only]
  • Age appropriate standardized assessments of speech/language, motor and sensory skills
  • Clinical Observation
  • Parent and teacher questionaires

Additional Evaluation Tools:
Depending on the age and needs of the child, the following may be included:

  • Cognitive testing
  • Higher level language testing
  • Other developmental scales

Autism Screening Questions:
Consider the following questions when evaluating whether your child may be on the Autism Spectrum:

  • Does your child inconsistently respond when you call her name?
  • Does your child dislike being hugged or cuddled?
  • Does your child do things repetitively? (For example, line up their toys, turn lights on and off, spin wheels on cars, walk in patterns around the room.)
  • Does your child play for long periods of time by himself without seeking interaction with others? 
  • Does your child appear very happy to play alone?
  • Is your child uninterested in things around her such as people, toys or food?
  • Did your child previously have skills that he now seems to have forgotten?
  • Does your child’s pretend or interactive play appear less mature than her peers?
  • Do you have difficulty knowing what your child is trying to communicate?
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