The formal assessment process can be a daunting experience for parents of children newly diagnosed with autism. The professionals who conduct assessments often rely on objective measures that use technical language around “deficit performance” or what your child cannot do. Rarely do they explain outcomes in terms that parents can use to set goals for their children. A Parent’s Guide to Assessment is intended to remove the mystery surrounding assessment and provide the tools to help parents better understand the process and utilize assessment outcomes to improve services and interventions for their children.
Among the topics covered in A Parent’s Guide to Assessment, one of our resources for parents of children with autism, are:
- The strengths and weaknesses of the assessment process
- The technical language contained in the reports
- Who is qualified to complete an assessment
- What specific assessment tools measure
- How to interpret the results in a way that informs proactive, individual decision making