Alvord Baker & Associates offers comprehensive evaluation services to address a variety of difficulties in children ages 2-18. Testing typically includes an assessment of intelligence, executive functioning (including attention, planning, and impulse control), memory, language, visual-motor ability, and emotional and behavioral functioning. We also conduct admissions testing required by many area private schools.
Common reasons that parents request an evaluation are to document or rule out diagnoses such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, determine the presence of learning or developmental disabilities, and learn about how cognitive strengths/weaknesses and emotional functioning (such as worries or sadness) are impacting behavioral and academic performance. As part of the testing, you will receive recommendations that can be used at school and at home.
Testing generally begins with an intake to obtain background information and to assess areas of concern. If appropriate, testing will be conducted with the child; generally over the course of 2-3 days using standardized measures and assessment tools. As part of the process, information from teachers is collected and a school observation can be arranged if necessary. At the end of testing, we will have a feedback session to discuss the results and recommendations and you will receive a detailed written report.
Autism Spectrum Evaluations or Neurodevelopmental Evaluations: Autism and Asperger’s Assessments
Autism is a neurological developmental disorder that affects approximately 1 in 150 children. Autism refers to a spectrum of disorders in which language, communication, socialization, and behavior are affected although particular symptoms can vary widely from child to child. While the cause is unknown, appropriate diagnosis and early intervention can improve symptoms and overall functioning.
Alvord Baker & Associates provides evaluation services for children as young as 15 months of age who are suspected of having an autism spectrum disability. Autism is generally diagnosed in children under 5 years of age while Asperger’s disorder is identified more commonly at school ages. Reasons a parent may request an evaluation include but are not limited to: concerns expressed by a pediatrician or daycare provider, delays in language development, apparent indifference to others, and reduced use of gesture (i.e. pointing). Generally, school based learning disability assessments are focused on differences between intellectual ability and academic achievement and do not address autism diagnoses or behavioral challenges that often take place in the home.
The evaluation process typically begins with an intake to obtain background information and assess areas of concern. If the child is under 3 years of age, the evaluation will include a developmental assessment to determine overall language, fine motor, and cognitive skills as well as a standardized play based interaction. School/daycare observations can also be arranged in order to gain a full understanding of relationships with peers. If your child is school aged, the evaluation may include an assessment of intellectual ability, academic skills, executive functioning (including flexibility, attention, and impulse control), language, and social emotional functioning. At the end of testing, we will have a feedback session to discuss the results and review recommendations including whether other interventions are needed.