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What is the purpose of an assessment in a child with autism?

Usually, professionals assessing children with developmental disabilities look to answer questions such as: What areas of development are affected? Can a specific disorder be recognized? What intervention approaches will be most effective?

Evaluation and assessment are ongoing processes. Once a diagnosis has been determined, this process should be repeated periodically to track changes in an individual’s level of functioning and to be sure that the individual’s needs and opportunities are being optimized.

Source: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

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