JumpStart Autism Center of Denver offers treatment programs for children with autism. We also provide autism evaluations and screening, both based on pediatrician referral and at the request of parents.
If you suspect that your child may have an autism spectrum disorder, we can complete an autism evaluation to see whether diagnostic criteria are met; if so, we will provide you with a range of treatment recommendation to best address your child’s needs. In addition, we can begin intervention to help provide your child with a solid foundation for future learning and development so that he or she can thrive.
What is an Autism Evaluation?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children receive routine autism screenings at ages 18 and 24 months. An additional evaluation may be completed at any time if it’s suspected that a child may fall on the autism spectrum. Most children are diagnosed after their caretakers or doctors identify certain symptoms, such as hypersensitivity to sensory input, deficits in maintaining eye contact or making/understanding expressions and gestures, or lack of imaginative play and empathy.
In order to diagnose a child as being on the autism spectrum, we will observe the child examine his or her medical, developmental and behavioral history. If we can identify enough classic symptoms and behaviors to fit the diagnostic criteria of autism spectrum disorder, we can provide a diagnosis.
How Will the Diagnosis Affect My Child?
No one wants to hear that their child has a learning or intellectual disability. However, having an autism diagnosis will actually be beneficial: Once you know what your child is struggling with, finding solutions and treatments to improve their quality of life and future becomes easier.
When we provide an autism evaluation, we also provide resources and educational material to the parents so that they are equipped to make informed decisions about their child’s education and future. We fully believe that children with autism are capable of thriving academically, socially and otherwise. With our Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI), we can alter the trajectory of a child’s development; many of our former clients have gone on to be indistinguishable from their neurotypical peers.
What Happens Next?
There is no cure for autism. However, with the right treatments, children with autism can reach their full potential. Contact JumpStart Autism Center today to learn more about our available therapies or to schedule an autism evaluation for your child.