The goal of our clinical services is to provide high quality and timely autism diagnostic services to underserved children (up to age six) and families, including those who are economically challenged or who have limited English proficiency. All services are offered in Spanish and English.
1. Level 2 Focused Assessment –
The Level 2 Focused Assessment is a screening appointment. It assesses developmental milestones such as language development, social skill development, motor development, sensory processing capacities, and adaptive skills. In addition the presence of restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities related to autism are also identified. Experienced Speech and/or Occupational Therapists use the M-CHAT-R parent-report screening tool, parent-child observation, and parent interview. Based on the results, a child may be scheduled for an Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Evaluation if deemed necessary and/or referred to community resources to help the family maximize the child’s potential. To schedule an appointment for a Level 2 Focused Assessment (L2FA), download our ACN Referral Form for your pediatrician to complete.
2. Diagnostic Evaluation –
If a child has been recommended to return after the Level 2 Focused Assessment, we proceed to the next step, the Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Evaluation. These evaluations are an assessment of the child’s overall development with a focus on communication, adaptive behaviors, and social-interaction skills. Diagnostic decisions are made by the clinician(s) as well as recommendations for fundamental individualized intervention. Our developmental-behavioral pediatrician provides immediate feedback on the day of evaluation.
Cancellation Policy/No Show Policy
For L2FA and Diagnostic Evaluation Appointments
1. Cancellation/ No Show Policy for Scheduled Appointments
If an appointment is not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance you may be charged a fifty dollar ($50) fee; this will not be covered by your insurance company.
Due to the large block of time needed for our evaluations, last minute cancellations can cause problems and added expenses for the office. If Diagnostic Evaluation is not cancelled at least 5 days in advance you may be charged a seventy five dollar ($75) fee; this is will not be covered by your insurance company.
2. Late Arrivals
We understand that delays can happen however we must try to keep the other patients and doctors on time. If a patient is 15 minutes past their scheduled time we will have to reschedule the appointment.