High Functioning Autism Assessment
PEAK Exceptional Services in Northglenn offers expert comprehensive autism assessment services. specifically for High Functioning Autism. Our providers specialize in assessing and treating gifted and twice-exceptional students, and exploring the subtle differences and similarities between Asperger’s and possible giftedness are an integral part of our testing services.
Every HFA assessment at PEAK begins with a comprehensive parent interview. We gather detailed developmental, medical, social, and educational background information through questionnaires and the interview process. This helps us to determine the best course of action for an assessment of your child. Our goal is to only provide the testing services that are absolutely necessary to answer your questions about your child.
Comprehensive Autism Assessment Includes:
- Cognitive (IQ) testing
- Formal testing and observation of autism symptoms (ADOS-2)
- Academic achievement testing
- Standardized behavioral checklists
- Social, emotional, and behavioral assessments
- Input from caregivers and teachers
Details on the HFA Testing Process
If your child has not had a formal cognitive assessment completed within the past year, the assessment process will include an IQ test. This helps to ensure that we have a thorough and accurate understanding of your child’s abilities, strengths, and challenges. We use the Wechsler IQ tests (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, or WAIS-IV – depending on your child’s age), which are considered the “gold standard” of intellectual abilities tests.
To formally assess for autism spectrum disorder, we use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 includes structured and semi-structured activities that involve social interaction with our provider. This allows us to obtain an accurate and objective assessment of diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders.
Other testing instruments will be administered, based on each individual situation. Our providers will discuss the process with you each step of the way. Once all testing has been completed, we get to work on scoring and interpreting the assessments. A few weeks later, we meet with you to discuss the results and recommendations for a treatment plan, including possible school accommodations.
If You’re Ready To Get Started
Do one of these three things:
- Call us at 720-377-3250, ext. 1 to schedule an appointment for a Parent Interview to get started.
- Click through to our online scheduling system and schedule an “Assessment Intake.” One of our staff will follow up to get more information.
- Send us an email and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours with information on scheduling.
** Please note that, due to the specific assessment instruments that must be used, assessment for HFA is currently available in our NORTHGLENN office only.