Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment in The Woodlands & Spring

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. ~ Autism Speaks

Am I or is My Child Struggling with ASD?

There are a variety of developmental brain disorders contain under the umbrella heading, ASD, and each has different indicators. For those with ASD, symptoms of the disorders usually begin in childhood, continue and/or worsen throughout development, and begin to interfere with daily life. Some of the most common symptoms associated with ASD include:

  • Social Communication Challenges
  • Difficulty speaking at all (1/3 of those with ASD are nonverbal)
  • Repetitive gestures
  • Difficulty making and maintaining eye contact
  • Difficulty understanding facial expressions, tone, and non-literal expressions
  • Difficulty recognizing and expressing their own emotions as well as emotions of others
  • Feeling overwhelmed in social situations
  • Inability to recognize and respect personal space
  • Behavioral Challenges
  • Inability to appropriately express emotions leading to outbursts that may not seem logical to others
  • Repetitive motions with the body (rocking, flapping, spinning etc.) or objects (flipping switches, pressing buttons, etc.)
  • Staring at lights or moving objects
  • Ritual or obsessive behaviors (alphabetizing, lining up toys by size, touching items in a set order)
  • Difficulty understanding and adapting to changes in routine
  • Narrow and almost obsessive focus on specific topics

These are just some of the common symptoms, but this is by no means a comprehensive list. If your child’s behavior is concerning, feel free to talk to one of our team members. We can help you determine whether or not your child is in need of assessment for ASD.

How is ASD Assessed?

Recognizing the complexity of the disorder, Dr. Reyes-McDonald has sought specific training and experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders. She is trained in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition, an instrument considered part of the gold-standard in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders.

Evidence-based assessment of autism in children and adolescents should be conducted from a developmental perspective, should include information from multiple sources and contexts, and should be multidisciplinary (Ozonoff, Goodlin-Jones, & Solomon, 2005).

What Services are Available for ASD?

At Grace Psychological Services, our psychologists offer a variety of services, including:

Assessment services

An autism parent group

Counseling services

Who Provides Assessment & Counseling Services for ASD?

Many of our clinicians have training and experience working with individuals to provide diagnosis and treatment for those with ASD. All of the following practitioners are available to offer assessment and intervention for those with ASD:

Dr. Charles Hallmark

Dr. Hallmark is a bilingual (English and Spanish) Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. He offers assessment and counseling services, and Dr. Hallmark’s specialty is working with young people who are struggling with behavioral concerns, including ASD.

Dr. Gracie Reyes-McDonald

Dr. Reyes-McDonald is a bilingual (English and Spanish) Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist. Her specialization is in providing assessment and interventions for those struggling with ASD. She uses the latest evidence-based assessments and methodologies to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.

How do I Get Started?

If you’re interested in learning more about any of our services for ASD assessment and intervention, please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, walk you through available resources, and schedule an appointment. We offer ASD services for residents of Spring, The Woodlands, the Greater Houston Area, and all surrounding communities.

 

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The Woodlands, TX 77380

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