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Autism Assessment

How can I get my child assessed?

  • Make an appointment with your family doctor to talk about your concerns.
  • Your doctor may refer your child or youth to a Pediatrician or Psyciatrist to rule out possible medical causes for delays and difficulties.
  • If Autism is suspected, a medical practitioner, registered psychologist, or speech-language pathologist, can make a referral to the NHAN clinic for a comprehensive daignostic assessment using our online referral form.

What will happen next?

NHAN's Intake Worker will call you to notify you that a referral to the program has been recieved, and begin to collect more information. A package will be sent to you, and once the information has been returned to the NHAN office, it will be reviewed to make sure an assessment is the best option for your child at this time. If an assessment through NHAN is determined to be the best fit for your child, you will be contacted with an appointment date to begin the diagnostic assessment process. If it is decided that the NHAN clinic is not the best fit for your child, you will be informed and other resources will be suggested.

How long will I have to wait for an assessment?
There are varying wait times for an autism assessment, but we will do everything we can to see your child as soon as possible and will work with you to find other resources to meet your needs while you wait.

What can you do before the assessment?

Prior to the Assessment your child should have:

  • a vision exam
  • a hearing test

You can help the process by supplying the Intake Worker with your child's previous records such as:

  • developmental history
  • records of height and weight over the years
  • photographs of your child at different ages
  • school report cards and IEP's
  • speech and language, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and psychology reports
  • other assessment and progress reports by community service providers

If you don't have access to these reports, the Intake Worker will obtain them with your permission.

What will the assessment involve?

The multi-disciplinary assessment team will complete a comprehensive diagnostic assessment, which may or may not include the following:

  • Pediatrics: A pediatrician is a medical doctor who is trained to diagnose and manage the special needs of children and adolescents.
  • Psychology: The psychologist will work with you and your child to assess strengths and weaknesses across a number of areas. These include the assessment of cognitive abilities, academic achievement, attention, memory, planning, problem solving, personal care, social skills, and mental health concerns.
  • Speech Language Pathology (SLP):  the speech language pathologist will look at your child’s ability to understand spoken language, to speak to others using words, sentences, explanations and narrative reporting, to use appropriate gestures, body language and facial expressions and to manage the communication demands of social situations.  Your child’s auditory memory, speed of verbal processing, speech sound production and oral motor skills may also be assessed.

What happens after the assessment?

After the assessment is completed, the assessment team will meet with the family to explain results, provide diagnoses, make recommendations, and answer questions. Please feel free to invite other family members and/or professionals who work with your child.

Within a few weeks you will recieve a report that will cover the assessment outcomes, diagnoses, and practical recommendations for interventions specific to your child's strengths and challenges. 

Individualized funding is available through MCFD.

For more information please contact:

250-649-4834

     

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