The assessment allows clients, and parents of clients, to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the individual. They are then able to use that knowledge to develop treatment plans to address areas of difficulty. The autism assessment process is unique to everyone. The process begins with a screening form to ensure following through with the assessment is necessary.
If the professional deems it worthwhile to proceed with the assessment, then a comprehensive evaluation, like the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule second edition (ADOS-2) is administered. Parents, caregivers, or other informants are extensively interviewed using structured and unstructured formats. Individuals will also likely undergo cognitive testing.