ASD Diagnostic Clinic
NESCA is committed to addressing the ongoing need for early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the wake of the pandemic, many hospitals are maintaining years-long waiting lists for neurodevelopmental evaluations, leaving many families without proper diagnosis or treatment. In an effort to reach those families in need of help, NESCA is pleased to introduce the ASD Diagnostic Clinic, a service designed to provide early detection of Autism in early childhood.
NESCA’s ASD Diagnostic Clinic is comprised of neuropsychologists and psychologists who specialize in the early detection and treatment of ASD in children younger than 3 years-old.
ASD Diagnostic Testing is a formal diagnostic assessment provided by a neuropsychologist or psychologist with expertise in identifying ASD. The goal of the ASD Diagnostic Clinic is to (1) provide rapid detection of ASD and (2) identify appropriate interventions to treat ASD.
NESCA’s ASD experts integrate information and data from multiple sources and measure a child’s skill set to provide the most accurate diagnosis and identify the most appropriate action plan following diagnosis. We evaluate ASD in line with the recommendations set forth by the National Research Council’s Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism.
ASD DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC FAQS:
Who is a candidate for ASD Diagnostic Testing?
Through this clinic, we are targeting children aged 3 and under who are considered at high risk of having an autism spectrum disorder. Children may be referred by their caregivers, early intervention providers, pediatricians, medical specialists or educators.
How is ASD Diagnostic Testing administered?
ASD Diagnostic Testing at NESCA includes:
- A virtual intake appointment with parents/caregivers to review developmental history.
- Administration of a structured empirically-validated measure of ASD.
- Direct assessment of a child’s emerging cognitive, language and social skills in a flexible, play-based format.
- Review of developmental history and collateral (parent and provider) report.
- Virtual feedback session to review diagnosis and recommendations.
Why should I pursue ASD Diagnostic Testing at NESCA?
The American Association of Pediatrics recommends early screenings and follow-up diagnostic assessments for ASD rather than the “wait and see” approach. Early detection and diagnosis of ASD results in immediate and long-term positive outcomes for children. If interventions are delivered early, there is less risk that developmental delays become permanent. This is because during early childhood, the brain is able to rapidly acquire new skills and grow.
Is ASD Diagnostic Testing covered by my insurance?
A portion of the evaluation is covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). NESCA can provide receipts for clients who have a different insurance provider. NESCA does not submit ASD Diagnostic Testing claims to any carrier other than BCBS and cannot guarantee any reimbursement when claims are submitted to them by the client.
When and how will I receive the results?
Results and recommendations are reviewed and discussed in a virtual diagnostic feedback meeting with caregivers. A written report will be sent to the parents within 2 weeks of the feedback session.
What’s “next” after my child participates in ASD Diagnostic Testing?
The written report provides the documentation needed to access ASD-specialty treatments and services (such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy). NESCA’s reports also provide families with tailored referrals to effective interventions and therapies based on your child’s needs, including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Parent Consultation/Coaching. NESCA’s ASD Diagnostic Clinic is dedicated to family-centered care and offers ongoing consultation and support with NESCA’s early childhood and ASD experts following first diagnosis. NESCA will remain available to you and your child from early childhood into adulthood to support important transitions, such as the transition from early intervention to preschool, preschool to kindergarten or middle school to high school.
I completed checklists for developmental delays and ASD at my pediatrician’s office. Do I still need ASD Diagnostic Testing?
Yes. While developmental screenings are a critical aspect of your child’s medical care and can identify “red flags” for ASD, a screening tool (such as a parent questionnaire) cannot provide a diagnosis of ASD. There is no definitive or proven laboratory test, medical test or questionnaire that provides a diagnosis of ASD. A diagnosis of ASD must be provided by a qualified and highly-trained ASD specialist through direct observation of a child’s behaviors using gold-standard measures as well as a thorough review of developmental history.
If you are interested in learning more about ASD Diagnostic Testing through NESCA’s ASD Diagnostic Clinic, please complete our online Intake Form.