Below you’ll find a description of our autism testing services that we administer to our clients. When you’re ready to schedule your testing session, please click the ‘Schedule Today’ button to connect with us and get the process started.
Seeing Signs of Autism
As a parent do you notice your child has a speech delay or he or she is does not seem interested in interacting with people?
Are you concerned because your child does not have any friends and does not seem competent at joking around or understanding sarcasm?
At our practice we understand your concerns and desires to understand your child’s struggles at a deeper level and know how to best advocate for your child’s needs.
We have helped many parents walk this journey of exploring an Autism diagnosis and taking appropriate next steps to advocate for your child’s needs.
Symptoms of Autism
You or your child may be experiencing:
- Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
- Avoidance of eye contact
- Persistent preference for solitude
- Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
- Delayed language development
- Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
- Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
- Restricted interests
- Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
- Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors
A comprehensive evaluation can help determine if you or your child is showing symptoms consistent with Autism or an Autisxm Spectrum Disorder.
What do you do now?
Getting an accurate evaluation of autism spectrum concerns includes many components, however, reciprocal social behavior is perhaps the most important component. Testing for autism spectrum concerns will include:
- Cognitive measures of intelligence (verbal, non-verbal, fluid reasoning, and processing speed) and academic ability
- Structured assessment of social interaction
- Behavioral evaluation via checklists
- School observation for “real world” data regarding social interaction
- Comprehensive written report with personalized recommendations
You are not alone. We’re here to guide you.
Many parents are terrified to learn their child is on the autism spectrum. Expectations give way to fears of what to do if their child is diagnosed with any kind of disorder.
Though the cause and makeup of autism is unknown, parents can take advanced steps in early detection and diagnosis if the symptoms are present.
Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Steps of the Neuropsychological Testing Process
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Other Therapy Services at Sheltering Oaks Counseling
We have a number of valuable mental health services at our Wesley Chapel, FL based therapy clinic. Of course, you may have multiple concerns or may know someone who could benefit from these services! That's why we offer Christian counseling, counseling for young adults, therapy for cancer survivors, trauma therapy, marriage counseling, family therapy, and counseling for ministers. Not only can we help you in our Tampa area counseling offices, but we can also work with you anywhere in the state with online therapy in Florida.
In addition to therapy, we also provide a wide variety of testing services, including neuropsychological testing, ADHD testing, Gifted testing, and more. Finally, our specialty services for veterans and parents as IEP advocates can help you too! We would love to connect when you are ready to reach out.