Diagnostic Evaluation Process

Our Diagnostic Evaluations set us apart and provides families the answers they seek. To avoid long wait times for a diagnosis (Currently, some local families are forced to wait  up to a year for a diagnosis!), The Learning Lane staff is on-site and trained to provide you and your family a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis. We often receive questions about how the process works. Below are the evaluation steps we take ... 

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WHO: The diagnostic process is implemented by a team of clinicians consisting of a doctorate level licensed clinical psychologist and a Master's level clinician who has gone through diagnostics training.

  1. Initial Diagnostic Interview -- Our parents will have a face to face interview with Dr. Garcia where she will ask background information about the client and observe the clients interactions with herself, parents, or others present. If Dr. Garcia believes an Autism evaluation is necessary then The Learning Lane will set up dates for the following assessments ... 
  2. Autism Diagnostic Interview / Revised (ADI-R)* -- A standardized, structured parent interview that is administered face to face with a trained clinician. The assessment has 93 items covering Early Development, Language/ Communication, Reciprocal Social Interactions, and Restricted, Repetitive Behaviors and Interests. This assessment could take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete due to its length. 
  3. Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule / 2nd Edition (ADOS-2)* -- a semi-structured, standardized assessment and observation over communication, social interaction, play, and restricted and repetitive behaviors. This assessment could take anywhere from 40-60 minutes to complete.
  4. Adaptive Behavior Assessment System / 3rd Edition (ABAS-3) -- A comprehensive, norm-referenced assessment of adaptive skills needed for independent living. Three broad adaptive domains are covered: Conceptual, Social, and Practical. This assessment can be completed by parents, teachers, counselors, or anybody who is familiar with the individual's daily activities.Behavior Assessment System for Children, 3rd Edition (BASC3) -- An assessment administered to parents, teachers, or to the client themselves evaluating emotions and specific, observable behaviors.
  5. After all the assessments are completed allow about 1 week for scoring and assessment writing. 

Cost: $600 for the entire diagnostic process  

*These two interviews are the only ones required to be in person. The next two are filled out and returned to the clinician.


Our staff is happy to help you get started on the evaluation process.                                                                    Contact us today to schedule a diagnostic assessment!