Education Spectrum offers a full range of diagnostic & developmental assessments and services for children, adolescents & young adults
with autism spectrum disorders.
The Clinic works with children as young as 12 months of age and can provide diagnostic assessments through young adulthood (age 25). Developmental Assessments are also available for children under the age of 5 and under.
Education Spectrum offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services for any child or young adult suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. The diagnostic evaluation uses research based assessment tools and consists of:
- Comprehensive review of all previous medical, educational and assessment records
- In depth review of developmental history and current concerns with parents/guardian
- Administration of the appropriate module of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2)- the most widely accepted diagnostic tool for all levels of ASD
- Administration to parents, teacher and client(when appropriate) of relevant rating scales, covering adaptive living skills, social skills, behavioral issues, educational/learning concerns and other areas
- School observation
- Consultation with other associated professionals (if necessary)
- Feedback session with parents (and client if warranted)
- Full written report including diagnostic impressions and recommendations
Education Spectrum provides comprehensive development assessments for children 5 and under. The clinic uses assessment-based tools that have been shown to have validity for children with ASD. Assessments are given in the following areas:
- Cognitive abilities
- Language skills
- Motor development
- Social/Emotional skills
- Behavioral functioning
- Adaptive daily living skills
Developmental Assessments may be combined with a Diagnostic Evaluation or performed separately.
Social Skills Assessment
Social Skills Assessments involve assessing a child’s ability to interact with others in a social environment, such as school. Our assessment includes observation of the child in a social setting, administration and scoring of standardized rating scales, interview with parents and school personnel. Depending on the age and needs of the child, a play session at the clinic may also be warranted. A written report will be generated after all data has been collected and recommendations provided for how best to facilitate social growth for the child.
Psycho-Educational Assessments are used to determine a child’s cognitive potential along with learning strengths and weaknesses. Assessments may include testing in the following areas:
- IQ/cognitive abilities,
- Academic/pre-academic knowledge
- Adaptive living skills
- Visual motor integration
- Auditory processing
- Executive functioning
A school observation may also be a part of the assessment procedure. Psycho-Educational Assessments are conducted on children who are verbal and functioning at a minimum of a pre-kindergarten level.
Each assessment includes a full written report of the child’s current skills in the targeted areas, with score interpretation. Based on the results, recommendations are provided as to how best assist the child in the academic setting and what services/types of intervention may be warranted.
Most colleges and post-secondary educational facilities require recent assessment to qualify for Accommodations/Disabled Student Services. Our assessment includes, IQ testing with the WAIS & academic assessment. A letter is generated based on the results outlining needed accommodations. This letter can then be submitted with any college application or provided after acceptance.
Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) for Schools
Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) for school districts can be conducted on an “as available” basis. Education Spectrum provides IEE’s in the following areas:
- Diagnostic Evaluations to determine the presence of any ASD
- Psycho-Educational Evaluations for children beginning at 4 years of age
- Functional Behavioral Assessments
- Social Skills Assessments
To find out more about each of these assessments, please contact Education Spectrum at (626) 797-1500. You may also check the link to Services for Children and Families to learn more about each of these assessments.
Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA)
Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is a systematic process for gathering information in order to determine the relationships between a person’s problem behavior and aspects of their environment. Through FBA, it is possible to identify specific antecedents that predict and maintain behavior and design a support plan that effectively addresses those variables. FBA methods typically include record reviews, interviews, and direct observation.
The goal of FBA is to answer certain questions:
1) What exactly does the behavior look like?
2) Under what circumstances is the behavior most/least likely to occur.
3) What is the function of the behavior and what outcomes does the behavior produce
Hypothesis statements describe the specific patterns identified through the FBA and, if supported by the data, provide a foundation for intervention.
An FBA may be initiated when a person’s behavior interferes with performance, progress, and/or participation within typical daily routines and environments. It is completed for the purpose of designing an effective intervention that will allow the person with challenging behavior to be successful across all circumstances. A positive behavior support plan should be the outcome of any FBA.