ASD assessments include evaluation regarding the question of an autism spectrum disorder, and could include the exploration of the cognitive and behavioural difficulties often evident in children with ASD (e.g., intellectual and adaptive functioning deficits, communication limitations, learning difficulties, sensori-motor problems, social deficits).
You can choose to access ASD assessments through the government-funded route. For more information on that process, in the BC Interior, contact the Interior Health Children’s Assessment Network (IHCAN) (contact main reception at 250-763-4122 for more information about government funded ASD assessments).
We are deemed “Qualified Specialists” within the province of BC trained to complete ASD assessments following the strict provincial standards and guidelines through IHCAN/BCAAN, etc.
Assessments are conducted utilizing the standards and guidelines outlined in our province (parent interview and structured direct observation) and a review of collateral and community information. In BC, children under age 6 must have a developmental assessment (typically administered by the psychologist as part of the assessment) as well as a previous, speech language assessment and pediatrician consultation. For many families, the scope of the assessment for children over age 6 could be broadened to explore concerns around cognitive and academic development. Many families opt to combine the autism spectrum disorder assessment with a psychoeducational (learning) assessment. This also provides the psychologist more opportunity to interact with the child.