Dr. Kelderman is an expert in the assessment and diagnosis of ASD. ASD assessments include a comprehensive, in-depth parent interview, teacher interview (if available) developmental and/or neuropsychological testing, and the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured play interaction designed to elicit the types of behaviors associated with ASD. It is considered to be the “gold standard” diagnostic tool in the ASD scientific community.
A child’s behavior during the ADOS-2, combined with other test scores and an expert’s clinical impression, has been shown to accurately identify the vast majority of children with ASD. Parents often have concerns about their child’s development and behavior years before their child is accurately diagnosed. If you are worried your child may have a form of Autism, you should not “wait and see.” This often costs families valuable time and progress. Parents are welcome to call Dr. Kelderman for a free phone consultation in order to determine whether additional assessment is warranted.