The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) is typically made with a medical/clinical evaluation based on standardized criteria for developmental problems with socialization, communication, and behavior. To obtain an official diagnosis to receive state or school resources typically a licensed psychologist will perform an official Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) examination. ADOS consists of a 30-60 minute protocol with a series of tasks that involve social interaction between the examiner and your child.
- If your child is younger than 3 years old, contact the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) at (602) 532-9960 or here on the web. A free evaluation will be conducted by a contracted psychologist and could possibly qualify your child for important ongoing services.
- If your child is 3 or older, you can request a free evaluation from your local school district. These assessments are accepted by the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to qualify the child for state-funded, home-based services. You can contact the DDD at (602) 542-0419 (or toll-free at 1-866-229-5553) or by visiting https://www.azdes.gov/ddd/.
- If you are a parent seeking a second opinion to compare to your school district’s evaluation, call Arizona Natural Health Center at (480) 456-0402 and we would be happy to refer you to an independent licensed psychologist in your area of the Phoenix valley to best meet your family’s needs.
To learn more about autism and how homeopathy may be able to help your child, visit the autism page on our website here.