Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Clinic
What is The ASD Clinic?
This is a targeted evaluation of a patient’s functioning to determine primarily whether someone has Autism Spectrum Disorder. ASD can be particularly subtle in certain individuals, and we seek to provide thorough and astute evaluation of the nuances of social and behavioral functioning in an efficient, clinically useful manner. The process incorporates thorough developmental history, evaluation of cognitive, behavioral, and social patterns typically affected in ASD, and inventory of symptoms and functional impact. Providers strive to determine the extent to which a patient’s reported functional problems are reflective of underlying ASD or alternative factors.
What is included as part of this evaluation?
It is important to emphasize that evaluation for ASD is the primary determination that will be made. Providers may screen for emotional symptoms as needed, and they will make general recommendations for the patient and their ongoing treatment. A report will be provided. Providers will also suggest additional evaluation if it is indicated following the focused process. In the rare event that no determination can be made one way or another regarding ASD, recommendations for next steps will be provided.
What kinds of patients are appropriate for The ASD Clinic, and which may not be?
A referring provider should determine that the patient is relatively stable from acute psychiatric crises. Our staff will try to discuss any factors that may preclude patients from being a good candidate for The ASD Clinic during the triage and scheduling process.
What happens if there are multiple diagnostic questions within the differential?
A patient with a differential diagnosis other than ASD or with multiple components should be referred for general neuropsychological evaluation (e.g., questions of ASD and dyslexia; ASD and Bipolar spectrum disorder).