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Diagnostic Assessments

An autism diagnosis is life-changing, but not life-defining

Autism isn’t a bad word

We have heard from many parents that they are afraid of putting a “label” on their child. We heard they are nervous for what it means for the future of their family. What we haven’t heard? Not one person has come back to tell us they wish their child hadn’t been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

A diagnosis is not the end; it’s just the beginning. It’s the first step to a new world. It’s a bridge to understanding the beauty of how your child’s mind works and giving him or her the tools needed to succeed.

Early identification is imperative

When it comes to autism and behavioral delays, early identification is critical to intervening at an age early enough to impact growth and independence. In addition to autism therapy, Hopebridge offers insurance-recognized diagnostic evaluations to get your family the answers you need to set the stage for a lifetime.

Speed is a benefit of utilizing Hopebridge’s assessment services and can reduce your waiting time by up to six months from other providers. If you are interested in meeting with a member of the Hopebridge Diagnostics Team at one of our centers, reach out to your pediatrician for a referral or call us at (855) 324-0885. Once we receive a referral from your physician, we will contact you within 48 business hours to verify basic information and get you all the details you need to get started.

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What is autism?

Learn more about autism from our diagnostics team to decide whether to take the next steps for an assessment.

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A parent’s path to a diagnosis

On the blog: Read about one parent’s journey to a getting her child the help she needed to lead her best life.

The science behind “the label”

What does it mean to have ASD and how is it determined? Though not everyone with autism experiences the same challenges, they are now covered under one diagnosis, autism spectrum disorder. There was a time when there were different categories, but that is no longer the case thanks to the 2013 edition of the handbook we use for mental health – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). If a child meets the criteria the DSM-5 lays out, then he or she is considered to have ASD. Since the spectrum of symptoms is quite wide, once we have the diagnosis, we talk about different severity and functioning levels.