1. What does the diagnostic team do?
The diagnostic team provides autism evaluations in partnership with area physicians for a medical diagnosis if appropriate.
2. Who is on our team?
Our team consists of:
- Early childhood educator
- Early childhood special education teacher
- Functional education teacher (Tri-County)
- School psychologist (SEK Interlocal)
- School psychologist (Tri-County)
- Speech pathologist
All of these team members have received diagnostic training provided by the University of Kansas.
The team works with the following medical professionals to complete the diagnostic evaluation.
- Dr. Bertram
- Dr. McFarland
- Dr. Pence
- University of Kansas Center for Childhood Health and Development
3. How do you refer a child for an evaluation?
A positive screening is needed to make a referral. A Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT-R) is used for children 16 to 30 months of age. For children 30 months to 5 years a Social-Emotional Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ:SE) can be used. A Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) screening is the tool utilized for school age children.
4. What does an appointment look like?
Appointments are 1.5 to 2 hours in length. The parents or guardians accompany the child to the appointment at Greenbush. Parents complete an interview portion so the team may learn more about the child’s daily routines, how they interact with others, what their play skills look like, and how they communicate. The child participates in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS) evaluation to look at communication, interactions and play skills with others.
Following this evaluation, the team members score the standardized assessments and write a detailed report. This report is sent to the team pediatrician and the physician makes the diagnosis if appropriate.