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What to Expect in an Autism Evaluation

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Overview

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information for parents and caregivers on what to expect when their child has an autism evaluation.

Schedule an Evaluation

Speak to an intake coordinator to set up the appointment. The evaluation may take place across several sessions depending on the provider. The intake coordinator may ask questions about your child, request medical records, and send questionnaires or checklists to complete before the first appointment.

Wait for the Evaluation

You may have to wait a few weeks or longer from the time you first call until your appointment. This is often due to a shortage of professionals who assess for autism.

Attend the Evaluation

You and your child will meet with the evaluator, either together, separately, or a combination of both. The evaluator will gather developmental, medical, social, and any educational history, directly observe and interact with your child, may provide additional questionnaires or checklists to complete, and give the opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss concerns. They may also complete other evaluations related to cognitive functioning, adaptive skills, speech-language, and occupational therapy skills.

Wait for the Results

After the evaluation you will schedule a follow up appointment to go over the results of the evaluation and get copies of the report. This appointment may take place anywhere from one to several weeks after the evaluation.

Get the Results

During the follow up, the provider will answer questions and make recommendations based on results to make sure you are getting the right supports for your child. They may recommend specific services such as speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral supports or services within the school. This is the best time to ask questions and to make sure you understand the results completely.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.