The number of adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise due to more effective diagnoses and autism testing procedures. Children and adults with autism or the condition formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome now have access to better tools, training and support than they did years ago. If you are concerned about differences in you or your child’s language, speech, behavior, and social skills when compared to other children or adults, autism testing could be the solution for you.
Contact CNLD Testing & Therapy at (734) 994-9466 to schedule a consultation for autism testing.
Signs and Symptoms of Autism
Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means that it affects children and adults in different ways, with varying degrees of severity, and at different times in their development. It can include delays in several areas of functioning, including social functioning, communication skills, motor skills, and overall intellectual potential.
ASD can generally be identified between 18 months and 3 years of age. Some parents indicate that their child “doesn’t hear them” or that their child who once had a vocabulary now speaks little to no words at all. Other adults or children may have an area of unusual ability, such as extensive vocabulary or reading skills, for their age level. This can be a perplexing situation for parents who want their children to fit in socially and grow intellectually. It can also cause distress for adults who struggle at work, have limited social interactions or may be perceived as somewhat odd or eccentric.
Children and adults with ASD frequently experience academic or work interference and executive function difficulties, including:
- Initiating, Planning and Perspective Taking
- Reasoning and Abstract Thinking
- Forming Relationships with Peers
- Emotional Challenges from Anxiety, Depression and Low Self-Esteem
With autism testing, we can evaluate the underlying issues at hand to see if your child has ASD. If so, we can point you toward treatment and educational support. If not, we can pinpoint the root cause of the struggles so you can help your child enjoy a better quality of life.
How Autism Testing Can Help
Autism impacts the entire family, so understanding the disorder through an autism spectrum disorder evaluation or neuropsychological assessment and appropriate intervention planning is a great first step. Intervention could include help with language and communication, friendships, sensory issues, behavior and developing thinking skills. Autism testing can also help guide requests to obtain reasonable accommodations for employment, as well as help adults find services and/or assistance within the local community.
For More Information about Autism Testing, Please Call (734) 994-9466
Our clinic is proud to highlight Dr. Roger Lauer’s involvement in developing the MyTurn program coordinated through the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and AIM High School. MyTurn is a community-wide program for families affected by ASD to attend sensory-friendly events in a crowd-free environment. Dr. Lauer has played an integral part in training staff at participating MyTurn partners including the following:
- Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
- University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
- University of Michigan Museum of Art
- Arab American National Museum
- Ann Arbor Symphony
- Leslie Science and Nature Center
- Therapeutic Riding
- Arts in Motion
- Wild Swan Theater
Our experienced and skilled team of neuropsychologists and therapists are ready to help you or your child.