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Autism Diagnostic Testing

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A comprehensive evaluation is completed using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition (ADOS-2) in association with other components including medical and developmental history, current symptoms and concerns, as well as standardized measures that are completed by parents, teachers, and other key informants when necessary. The evaluation is scheduled for three, sixty-minute sessions. However, in some cases, the evaluation can be completed in less than three hours of observation. 

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Trauma and ASD

Adverse events, trauma, and their consequences are frequently overlooked in people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). At the same time, people with ASD are at increased risk of repeatedly experiencing such events, leading to misdiagnosis or mistreatment of trauma-related symptoms. Conversely, emergent co-occurring problems may mask autism-related symptoms. There is a growing plethora of research that proposes the prevalence of exposure to adverse events and trauma in children and adults compared to those without ASD, which is suggested to be an important factor in the development of co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression symptoms.

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ASD Diagnostic testing can be beneficial in helping individuals, their families, friends, colleagues, and employers to understand why someone with ASD may have specific needs and how they can appropriately be supported to enhance their unique strengths. It may also help to correct a previous misdiagnosis and mental health concerns can be better addressed for appropriate treatment and optimal functionality and well-being. With a diagnosis, individuals can access appropriate support services and interventions designed to support their specific needs.

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