PEAK Exceptional Services offers comprehensive strengths-based autism assessment services. Our providers specialize in assessing and understanding gifted and twice-exceptional students, and exploring the subtle differences and similarities between ASD/Asperger’s and possible giftedness are an integral part of our testing services.
Every 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.
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 typically 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. However, sometimes other measures may be used.
We use a variety of interview, screening, and assessment measures to explore the possible presence of autism spectrum disorders. Many of these situations are complex and it is important to look at the big picture, examining strengths, challenges, and various factors that could be contributing to a child’s symptoms.
Other neuropsychological, developmental, psychological, and academic 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.