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Contributed by Azlen Theobald, PsyD


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that involves the brain’s development affecting language, communication, cognition, and social skills.

At NeurAbilities Healthcare, we use several diagnostic tools when evaluating for Autism. One component of our evaluation includes the Autism Diagnostic Schedule – Second Edition, (ADOS-2), a well-validated diagnostic instrument considered by many to be a gold standard component of Autism assessment.


  • A play- and interview-based tool used in the diagnosis of Autism, typically by a trained clinician
  • Uses direct observation in a standardized format through various scenarios
  • Lasts approximately 30-40 minutes
  • Contains several modules based on age and communication skills
  • Can be used for children approximately 12 months of age through adults
  • Assesses language and communication skills, social interactions (both quality and quantity), eye contact, sensory seeking behaviors, and restricted/repetitive interests

An evaluation is the first step toward finding out if your child or another family member has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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