Evaluations and Assessments
This evaluation is based on best practice standards and incorporate psychodiagnostic and treatment considerations drawn from current research in the field. Assessments include measures of cognitive and developmental functioning, psychodiagnostic interviews [such as autism diagnostic measures that includes the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2)], and supplemental measures of neurocognitive functioning, achievement, projective measures, and interpretation of informant report measures. In addition, family will meet with a clinical social worker in order to effectively conceptualize the client in their current context and determine strengths and potential barriers in optimizing treatment recommendations. Diagnoses and recommendations are informed by a multidisciplinary team that consists of clinical psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, a developmental pediatrician, a child neurologist, and a speech and language pathologist with additional professionals in the field to consult as necessary.
This evaluation focuses on reviewing the existing treatment and educational program established by the family. It involves direct observation and structured, standardized measures to examine areas of strength and weakness to determine treatment strategies and educational resources. Recommendations are informed by a multidisciplinary team that consists of clinical psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, a developmental pediatrician, a child neurologist, and a speech and language pathologist with additional professionals in the field to consult as necessary. These evaluations may also include providing intervention strategies to the child and family. The recommendations are shared with the family and existing providers. More intensive treatment evaluations are also available to determine which strategies are associated with improvements in specific areas (e.g., communication, social engagement, nonverbal communication). This evaluation may include parent training utilizing-specific evidence-based behavioral interventions (e.g., UCLA JASPER, Pivotal Response Treatment).
These brief consultations are geared toward families who do not require an in-depth comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, but rather are seeking clarification or recommendations for diagnosis or treatment (medication and non-medication). These consultations do not provide the more in-depth assessments conducted with our comprehensive assessments.
These services are provided by child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychiatry fellows to determine the most effective medication to treat youth and adults who present with co-occurring behavior problems, inattention, anxiety, and depression. Ongoing medication management is also available.
These services are provided by a pediatric neurologist with a specialty in ASD and related genetic conditions that include a neurological evaluation, consultation, and medication treatment.
This service is provided by a clinical social worker and geared towards individuals and families who need more in-depth support around education and eligibility in accessing community resources. These consultations will include necessary information to be better consumers and advocates within our complex treatment system.