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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments are conducted to identify areas of social communication difficulties. An ASD assessment involves a variety of psychological tests to evaluate social communication and areas of possible restricted and repetitive behaviours. We also take a close look at behaviour as well as social and emotional functioning and may also analyze thinking/reasoning abilities and adaptive functioning (e.g., a individual’s self-help skills across a number of areas).

An ASD assessment can recognize social communication strengths and weaknesses. This understanding is essential in identifying and diagnosing a possible ASD and can be used to apply targeted intervention and support.

The results of an ASD assessment help us to identify appropriate community supports and practical strategies for school and home. We also provide recommendations for appropriate school support and placement and Individualized Education Plans (IEP).

Here’s what to expect at your first appointment: Your family will meet with your therapist, who will explain the reason for the assessment and provide an overview of the types of activities that the child and the parents will be participating in. Please bring all previous reports and report cards to this first meeting.

As part of the assessment, the therapist will want to meet with the parents individually to obtain a developmental history and background information. The therapist will then arrange a number of assessment sessions (the number will vary depending on the type of assessment). During these sessions, the child will meet with the therapist alone and complete activities designed to help us understand his or her strengths and areas of difficulty. As part of this assessment, we may also ask to speak with the child’s teachers. Following the completion of the assessment, the therapist will arrange for a feedback session to review the results of the assessment with the child and the parents. A report will be sent out following this session.

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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