To start the Intake Process:
- Contact an Intake Coordinator at 303-441-2385
- 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.
- Following the intake meeting, parents are asked to provide a brief informal video that shows the child interacting with other children. Parents are also asked to provide copies of any reports from other therapists or schools. This information helps the ABLE team plan the evaluation.
- The evaluation team consists of a psychologist, speech therapist and occupational 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.
- The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
- The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) [parents only]
- The Mullens Scale of Early Learning
- Clinical Observation and Incidental Teaching
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 Pervasive Developmental Disorder 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?