What is a diagnostic evaluation for autism?
Our team assesses children to determine if they have autism spectrum disorder or if another condition is causing problems with communication and learning. If we diagnose your child with autism, we work with you on a treatment plan for their unique medical, behavioral and educational needs.
Our staff will help connect you with treatment and support services at Seattle Children’s and in the community. We assess children 15 months to 21 years old.
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How will a diagnostic evaluation help my child?
+Focused process for diagnosisMost older children then come back on another day to finish the assessment. Most younger children have all their appointments on a single day.
+Earlier referral to services and support
The earlier your child is diagnosed, the sooner they can start services for their specific needs. Early treatment improves outcomes. Follow-up visits help us provide family support.
We will give you a full report with our findings and recommendations. The report helps shape your child’s path to progress. It can guide providers, school staff and others in your community.
Scheduling a Diagnostic Evaluation
Ask your child’s primary care provider to refer your child to the Autism Center for a diagnostic evaluation. Providers, see how to refer a patient.
When we get the referral, we place you on our waiting list. When a space opens, we contact you to set up a visit. The wait can be long. You can ask to be put on a list to get notified if someone cancels their appointment