As a Missouri Autism Center for Excellence, our primary goal is to decrease the amount of wait-time a family may experience in Missouri before being seen by a qualified diagnostic team when a child or student exhibits characteristics that may be consistent with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. With timely, accurate diagnoses, families, school personnel and medical personnel will be better equipped to provide beneficial treatment for improved outcomes, hopefully at the earliest age possible.
Evaluations conducted at the University Autism Center follow the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative Publication, “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Missouri Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment” A 2010 Consensus Publication.
a comprehensive evaluation to determine the presence of an autism spectrum or related disorder; evaluations are conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist and are multi-disciplinary to include speech language, behavioral, or other professionals as needed to render an accurate diagnosis; if we are not equipped for the type of evaluation required (i.e. those involving complex medical or genetic considerations), we will assist with a referral to an appropriate provider.
a comprehensive evaluation to determine current levels of performance and/ or current therapeutic or educational needs; usually conducted when there has been no comprehensive psychological evaluation completed recently; may be conducted for developing an appropriate treatment plan; may include multi-disciplinary evaluation with speech language, behavioral, or other professionals as needed and determined in consult with referring agency.