Diagnostic Evaluations and Re-Evaluations
Autism Diagnostic Clinic
The Autism Diagnostic Clinic at JSS Behavioral Services offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, in addition to screening and consultation for individuals ages three through adulthood suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder.
In order to provide a comprehensive autism assessment, we use state-of-the-art tools that will help ensure an accurate diagnosis. We use a team-based approach which allows for collaboration and consultation among our clinicians.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
- Structured interview to obtain information about the individual’s early developmental, medical, social, and educational history.
- Targeted autism spectrum disorder interview that collects information about the individual’s communication, social interaction, and patterns of behavior.
- This first appointment will be approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours in length.
- If the individual requires further assessment, testing needs will be discussed.
Please bring the following materials to your first appointment: Copies of relevant records, including most recent IEP, school records, past psychological, speech-language, and/or occupational therapy evaluations. If you need assistance accessing this information, we will discuss this with you at your appointment.
Reevaluations are available for children and adolescents diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who are receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. Reevaluations are conducted in accordance with insurance program requirements and can be useful in assessing an individual’s progress and to help guide interventions.
Please note the following:
- No Waiting List!
- Appointments held in our North Charleston office
- Many types of insurance accepted
Only 1 appointment needed. Appointments generally consist of the following:
- Adaptive testing
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition (ADOS-2)
- Administration of a cognitive assessment (as needed)
- Written report
JSS Behavioral Services’ Autism Services Division is dedicated to high quality, evidence-based, and family-focused psychological, counseling, and support services for children, adolescents, adults and their families. We regularly offer consultation, staff training, and other support services for the community, and remain active in our efforts to provide continuity of care with our patients’ treatment team.
JSS provides comprehensive screening and evaluations, behavior therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy, as well as behavioral parent training and family support. Combining these services all under one roof enables us to offer a unique, barrier-free system of care that is consistent with best practice for individuals across the lifespan.
Therapy and Counseling
Our clinical team has specific training in working with individuals with autism. We provide individual and family therapy and focus on social skills, anxiety and depressive symptoms, behavior problems, comorbid ADHD-related problems, school issues, life skills, and peer conflict. Treatment methods are based on a behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approach that is supported by research and is highly effective in treating individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Behavioral Parent Training is an evidence-based treatment for parents who have children or teens with problem behavior. Research strongly supports this type of treatment for parents of children with autism. Programs are designed to help parents learn effective behavior management techniques to reduce and prevent the occurrence of their child’s challenging behavior and increase appropriate responses. These programs are also effective in helping children learn social skills, adaptive skills, anger management, and stress reduction. Our programs draw upon research-supported manuals and treatment protocols from the fields of applied behavior analysis (ABA), behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy.
Therapy for parents and caregivers is also available. Research suggests that parents of children with autism experience higher levels of stress and anxiety than any other parent population. Many parents could benefit from additional support with a counselor who specializes in working with autism and families. Therapy goals may include:
- Working through grief, stress or anxiety related to a child’s diagnosis or the daily challenges associated with having a child with autism
- Helping to understand the thoughts and feelings parents may have as they relate to their child’s diagnosis, symptoms, behaviors, or experiences
- Learning coping skills to manage stress and challenges that come with being a parent of a special needs child
- Improve quality of life for parents and strengthen family system
JSS Behavioral and Lowcountry Autism Foundation collaborate on a monthly support group for parents. Our group is intended for parents who have a child recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Group members meet once-a-month for 1 ½ hour sessions. In each session, parents will learn about community resources, effective treatment options, how to navigate local, state, and federal program opportunities, helpful tips for working with school and occupational settings, and much more. Additionally, time will be spent learning from each other, sharing experiences, and processing thoughts and feelings associated with having a child with Autism.