Clinical psychologists have a PhD or PsyD, typically in clinical or counseling psychology. They provide evaluation, testing, and treatment. Evaluation by a clinical psychologist will focus on determining the cause of the symptoms displayed. At least one hour is scheduled for the evaluation. This includes a history, a review of the child’s report cards and academic achievement tests, observation of the child, behavioral analysis, and an interview of the parents and child.
The clinical psychologist may or may not administer tests to your child as part of the diagnostic procedure. Testing, although it provides useful information, does not definitively tell if your child has Asperger’s Disorder. Instead, the test results will be used by the psychologist as just one piece of her evaluation.
Treatment provided by clinical psychologists includes various forms of psychotherapy. This includes individual, group, family, and couples treatment. Clinical psychologists who specialize in Asperger’s Disorder are generally specialists in behavior modification and thus can provide parent education and training. They are also likely to provide social skills training for your child. Psychologists may offer all the necessary forms of treatment in their practice or be able to provide referrals to the other types of specialists.