What to Expect:

The evaluation consists of three appointments, and is conducted by a NYS licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience specific to autism.

First Appointment - Interview (up to two hours)

  • The first appointment is an interview with the custodial parent/guardian of the individual being evaluated.
  • The parent/guardian will be asked to describe their current concerns and provide information about their child's medical, educational, and developmental history; as well as his/her current social communication abilities and behaviors of concern.
  • For this appointment, it is generally helpful for parents to bring copies of recent psychological assessments, educational or other types of evaluations, and/or written documents from school (i.e. individualized education plans, etc.).
  • Based on the parent's concerns, we may send the parent home with paperwork to be completed and/or given to the child's teacher to gather more information about his/her skills and areas of need.
  • We ask that the child not be present at this appointment.

Second Appointment - Testing (up to four hours)

  • During the second appointment, our psychologist will first conduct a cognitive or developmental assessment of the child's abilities.
  • Following the cognitive/developmental testing, our psychologist will complete the autism-specific testing using the Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 is a gold-standard autism assessment tool that specifically assesses for behaviors related to autism spectrum disorder.
  • Depending on the child's needs, there is time built into the testing block for the child to take breaks and have a snack.
  • The parent/guardian will also be asked further questions related to their child's daily living skills and day-to-day functioning.
  • If any additional paperwork or measures were given to the parent/guardian at the first appointment to be filled out by the parent, child and/or teacher, these would be returned to the psychologist during this appointment.
  • A parent/guardian must remain on the premises during the entire appointment. Depending on the child, the parent may be asked to remain in the testing room or return to the waiting room during portions of the appointment.

Third Appointment - Feedback (up to one hour)

  • This final appointment is a face-to-face feedback, where the psychologist will go over all of the test results and provide their impressions and recommendations to the parent/guardian.
  • There will be time during this appointment for the parent/guardian to ask any questions. It can be sometimes be helpful to write down questions in advance.
  • A detailed report will not be provided at this appointment, rather it will be mailed home several weeks following this session. The report will include recommendations for intervention planning in the home, school and/or community.
  • We ask that the child not be present at this appointment so that the psychologist can freely discuss any concerns with the parent/guardian.

All appointments will be conducted at:

CapitalCare Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

7-B Johnson Rd

Crossroads Plaza

Latham, NY 12110


If you have any questions concerning the evaluation, please contact the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at:

518-442-2574 or card@albany.edu