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Diagnostic Evaluation

The Raleigh TEACCH® Center provides diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults who are thought to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but have not yet received a diagnosis. Evaluation services are provided for the Raleigh catchment area (Wake, Johnston, Hoke, Harnett, and Cumberland counties), and this center partners with the TEACCH centers in Wilmington and Greenville to provide assessments for our families in the Eastern part of the state. Evaluations focus on diagnosis and recommendations.

Local evaluations: For families in the Raleigh catchment area, evaluations typically last 1 to 1½ days (depending upon complexity of the case and services provided) at the clinic.

Eastern NC counties: For families living in the Greenville and Wilmington catchment areas, the first appointment will occur at those centers and the day-long assessment appointment will occur in Raleigh.

What does an evaluation include?

  • Diagnostic interview with individual and/or caregivers and questionnaires
  • Review of medical, social, academic, and developmental history
  • Testing sessions with the individual using empirically-based assessments including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd edition (ADOS-2) and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale – 2nd edition (CARS2)
  • Other additional assessments as needed

Results are shared during an interpretive conference, typically at the end of the diagnostic day. Family members of an adult who is their own guardian are welcome to attend the interpretive conference at the invitation of the individual.

Report with recommendations is mailed to the family or individual (if client as an adult). Reports include individualized, written evaluation summary with a list of recommendations and resources.

If you would like to begin the evaluation process, go to the referral page or call our office at 919-445-5800 for more information.