Diagnostic/Evaluation

As a Missouri Autism Center, our primary goal is to decrease the amount of wait-time a family may experience before being seen by a qualified diagnostic team when an individual exhibits characteristics that may be consistent with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. With timely and accurate diagnoses, families, school personnel, and medical personnel will be better equipped to provide beneficial treatment for improved outcomes at the earliest age possible.

Evaluations conducted at the Southeast Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment follow the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative publication, “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Missouri Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment.”


Diagnostic Evaluations

(Birth – Adult)

  • A comprehensive evaluation to determine the presence of an autism spectrum or related disorder
  • Evaluations are conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist and other disciplines as needed including speech language, behavioral, or other professionals to render an accurate diagnosis
  • If we are not equipped for the type of evaluation required (i.e. those involving complex medical or genetic considerations), we will assist with a referral to an appropriate provider

Comprehensive Re-evaluation

  • A comprehensive evaluation to determine current levels of performance, current therapeutic or educational needs, or the presence of any comorbid mental health diagnoses
  • Usually conducted when there has been no recent comprehensive psychological evaluation completed or there is a suspected mental health disorder separate from autism
  • May be conducted for developing an appropriate treatment plan; may include multi-disciplinary evaluation with speech language, behavioral, or other professionals as needed
  • Can be coordinated with the referring practitioner to determine if it is necessary

Speech and Language Evaluation

  • Speech and/or Language Evaluation: a targeted or comprehensive evaluation to determine the presence of a speech and/or language disorder.
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Social Communication: Conducted an assessment that focuses on determining a client’s skills and abilities for communicating in social situations in any environment (e.g. home, school, work, or leisure). This assessment is designed for individuals who are considered ‘high functioning’ with established verbal communication skills.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment: An assessment of the appropriateness of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) or other assistive communication device (such as iPad).

Behavior Intervention Services Evaluation

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment: Systematic process of identifying specific setting events, antecedents, and consequences that are creating and/or maintaining an identified behavior (or behaviors). An FBA is best performed in the environment(s) where the identified behavior(s) occur and results in specific recommendations regarding treatment planning for reducing and/or ameliorating the identified behavior(s). An FBA is commonly conducted prior to providing treatment services.
  • Skills-Based Assessment: Natural environment observations, structured skills assessments, and reports that include individualized recommendations, treatment plans, and objectives.

Contact

(573) 986-4985
autismcenter@semo.edu
Physical Address
611 N. Fountain
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS9450
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701