Feb. 20, 2020, 5:42 p.m.

Autism – From The Perspective Of A Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists use their clinical judgement along with the use of standardized assessments to determine the individual’s cognitive, language, social, and adaptive functioning when working with an individual with ASD. 

The core areas that are assessed while coming up with strategies as a part of the intervention plan are: 
 
  • An In-depth history of the child’s development and health acquired through parent/ caregiver reports 
  • If there is loss of any previously acquired language or social skills
  • Concerns of informant/ parents with regard to the child
  • Frequency, Severity and the duration in which these behaviours take place
  • Various situations/environments in which these behaviours occur
  • How do these behaviours impact the child’s overall development and skills
  • Details about the child such as their age and gender
  • Social responsiveness during the structured and standardized tests
  • Presence of repetitive behaviours and restricted interests.
  • Abnormalities in verbal and non-verbal communication
  • The child’s emotional functioning and presence of disruptive behaviours such as lack of impulse control, self -injurious behaviours or aggression towards others.
  • Atypical reactions to sensory input.
  • Family’s functioning, stressors, resources, exposure, early experiences and the prior interventions used for the child.
  • The skills and deficits exhibited by the child
  • Identifying what are the highly motivating rewards for the child