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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 to rule out possible medical causes for delays and difficulties.
  • If further assessment is required, a medical practitioner, psychiatrist, or speech-language pathologist, can make a referral to the NHAN clinic for a comprehensive diagnostic assessment using our online referral form.

What will happen next?

If it is determined that your child or youth meets eligibility criteria for an Autism assessment, then an intake package will be sent to you or the legal guardian. Once all the requested information is collected, 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 NHAN clinician with your child's previous records such as:

  • developmental history
  • 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 NHAN clinician will obtain them with your permission.

What will the assessment involve?

The assessment team will complete a comprehensive diagnostic assessment, which may or may not include a pediatrician, speech and language pathologist, and a psychologist.

What happens after the assessment?

After the assessment is completed, the clinicians 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 4-6 weeks you will receive a report that will cover the assessment outcomes, diagnoses, and practical recommendations for interventions specific to your child's strengths and challenges.

For more information please contact:

250-649-4834

     

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