Diagnostic Evaluations

Should You Consider an Autism Diagnostic Evaluation?

Parents most often recognize their child is developing differently long before their child receives a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Research has shown that a reliable diagnosis can be made by age 2 and possibly even younger than that. The first five years for children are key in their development and growth, therefore early diagnosis is critical. Once an accurate diagnosis is reached, a family can begin researching appropriate treatment options. If parents have the opportunity to intervene therapeutically during this time, it can allow children to learn new skills at a time when they are most able to grasp them. The implementation of early intervention may help children reduce or possibly eliminate the symptoms of autism, which can help to relieve the large financial burden that can be caused by raising a child with autism.

What Tools are Used to Diagnose Autism?

Carolina Center for ABA & Autism Treatment offers autism diagnostic evaluations at any of our clinic locations in Cary, Fayetteville and Charlotte, NC.  We provide both the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), which is a 93 question questionnaire and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), which is administered by a clinician observing 29 specific behaviors.  Each of these clinical assessments can take up to three hours to complete and look at the criteria set by the DSM-IV. These diagnostic evaluations have been the gold standard for diagnosing autism since they were developed.

Our clinicians have completed intensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as training at North Carolina TEACCH Center to administer the ADOS.

Parent Observation of Warning Signs:

Most often, autism is noticed and diagnosed during childhood; the symptoms can become clear by about age 3. While your child’s pediatrician will perform well-baby and well-child exams to make sure he/she is developing normally, it’s still important to know the warning signs and seek an autism diagnosis if you suspect that your child may meet these criteria.

Basic Warning Signs for Children


Other evaluations should take place to rule out physical problems or health concerns:

  • A full physical
  • A hearing test
  • Genetic testing
  • A test for lead poisoning
  • A neurological exam
  • Blood work and other lab tests

Contact us to schedule an Autism Diagnostic Evaluation

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