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If you see signs of autism in yourself or your child of any age, the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) may be able to help. Our diagnostic services team can help individuals and families get clarity on developmental or social differences. An accurate diagnosis of autism is the first step on the right path toward effective treatment.
Diagnostic Services Program
Our staff of licensed psychologists and skilled technicians have expertise in diagnosing autism in individuals across the lifespan. Our evaluation includes a mix of direct observations and structured assessments. The process is different for a child than for an adult, but the resulting diagnosis for all clients is based on the criteria for autism spectrum disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).
The process begins with a developmental history interview completed by phone with a parent or caregiver. Then, for clients age 6 and under, our assessment includes the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment (NODA), a smartphone-based system that lets parents record and send videos to our staff for analysis in advance of the on-site evaluation. NODA improves the breadth of information available to our staff and significantly shortens the length of time you need to spend in our office for the rest of the evaluation. We do not use NODA for older clients. Instead, we complete additional assessments in our office. For most clients, the evaluation is completed in just one-half day visit to our office.
At the end of your appointment, the psychologist will meet with you to review the results of the evaluation, and guide your next steps. If criteria for autism are met, our report will include all the information you need to get started with a treatment program either at SARRC or with another agency.
For more information about our Diagnostic Services program or to schedule an evaluation, please contact a SARRC Intake Specialist.
Please note, we routinely experience a high volume of callers in need of an evaluation. New appointment dates open on the first of each month and are scheduled between 8 and 12 weeks from the time of your call. There are a limited number of appointments available, and unfortunately, we do not maintain a wait list. Call us any time for more information, but for an appointment we suggest you start calling in the morning of the first business day each month.