Evaluation for Asperger’s Disorder is not as simple as other childhood disorders. Because Asperger’s Disorder affects so many areas of your child’s life, a team approach to diagnosis is best.
Your child should be evaluated in each of the areas that Asperger’s Disorder impacts. Each specialist is an expert in their area, and no one professional can assess all areas of your child’s functioning. Early and thorough assessment will ensure that your child has a comprehensive treatment plan that will address every area where he has weaknesses. It is tempting to stop having your child evaluated once he is diagnosed; however, diagnosis is only the beginning.
Diagnosis in itself tells only a small part of the story of your child’s functioning. Knowing he has Asperger’s Disorder is the first step in getting you on the road to obtaining the appropriate types of evaluation that will determine where he is functioning in impacted areas and what types of intervention he needs. Early and thorough evaluation also provides a baseline from which you can judge progress throughout his childhood and adolescence.
A thorough evaluation should include all of the following:
• Medical examination
• Psychological evaluation
• Intellectual assessment
• Speech and language assessment
• Learning disorders evaluation
• Neurological examination
• Neuropsychological testing