Parents may have an early inclination that their child is struggling developmentally. In this case, consulting your pediatrician with concerns is always the best first course of action. If the physician feels that your child would benefit from further testing and diagnosis, they will refer you to our center, where a licensed clinical psychologist will complete your child’s testing.
Once the physician’s referral is received, the LittleStar insurance department will submit your insurance information for benefits eligibility. When this is completed our diagnostic coordinator will reach out to you to schedule your appointments. Testing is a two–step process consisting of an initial diagnostic interview; followed by a brief report submitted to your insurance written by the clinical psychologist. Upon receiving insurance approval, the testing session will be conducted with your child.
During your testing appointment, a licensed clinical psychologist will conduct a diagnostic evaluation to determine the presence of a neurodevelopmental disorder such as Autism. The evaluation will include the use of a variety of standardized assessments and rating scales, including the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). Additional cognitive or behavioral assessments may be completed if indicated or as insurance requires.
Parents are an integral part of the testing process and will be asked to provide detailed information on their child’s early developmental history. Parents of young children will also be asked to accompany them throughout the testing period. Immediately following your child’s testing, the psychologist will provide you with a brief summary of the findings with initial recommendations. A final written report will be sent to you within 3 weeks of testing.