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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Evaluative Services

ASD primarily affects three areas of behavior:

  • communication
  • social interactions or connectedness
  • behavioral rigidity

Because autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed based on behavior, the evaluation includes both formal assessments, as well as structured play and interaction scenarios.  Standardized tests are used for this purpose, and may include:

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)
  • Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS)
  • Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) 
  • Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS)
  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior System-Second Edition (Vineland)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence- Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)

The Wechsler scales are widely used and broadly accepted tests of cognitive skills for children with and without developmental delays or learning differences.  The ADOS is a semi-structured assessment that specifically examines those behaviors commonly associated with autism.  Other standardized instruments and informal measures may be used as needed to determine the presence of the behavioral characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Of course, each evaluation is designed to address the particular needs of each child and family. In addition to addressing the impact of behaviors often associated with autism, comprehensive evaluations may include an assessment of cognitive and intellectual skills, educational performance, social/emotional adjustment and independent living skills.

Similar to our Psychological-Educational evaluations, an ASD evaluation will include an Intake appointment with the parents or caregivers, several evaluation sessions, and an Interpretative Parent Conference providing results and recommendations.

The cost of the evaluation depends on several factors, including:

  • age of the child
  • the complexity of the testing
  • the unique needs of each child

Typically, testing is completed over three sessions. At times, two sessions are adequate. Our focus is on providing the best testing environment and ensuring that each child has the time and energy to do their very best. As a part of a multi-disciplinary practice, we can also assist in coordination of care with other therapists, including speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, educators and a psychiatrist.

ASD evaluative services are offered by 3 psychologists at both offices.  

Our Team  

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MIDTOWN OFFICE

Ashley Costner Kies, Ph.D. LPA NCSP

Experience:  1 year at C&FD, 2 years of experience

Education: Doctorate of School Psychology- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Specialist in School Psychology- Western Carolina University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Internships & Residencies: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (joint appointment with the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and the TEACCH Autism Program)

Specialized Training: Psychological Assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Disabilities, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Management, Social Skills, Executive Function Skills, Sexuality Education, Parent Training, School-Based Behavior and Academic Interventions and Evaluations, Special Education  

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Devon Redmond, Ph.D.

Experience:  1st year at C&FD, 6 years of experience

Education: Doctorate of School Psychology- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS in Human Development- Cornell University 

Internships & Residencies: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Specialized Training: ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Developmental Disabilities, Distress Tolerance and Mindfulness, Social Skills 

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PINEVILLE OFFICE 

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Brandyn Street, Ph.D.

Experience:  1st year at C&FD, 4 years of experience

Education: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology- Vanderbilt University, MA- University of Richmond, BA- Wake Forest University

Internships & Residencies: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology- Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Child/ Pediatric Psychology- University of Louisville

Specialized Training: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents, Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents, Pivotal Response Training

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team_bio_ChrisVrabelChris Vrabel, Psy.D.

Experience:  4 years at C&FD, 7 years of experience

Education: Doctorate of Clinical Psychology- Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A.- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A.- Wake Forest University

Internships & Residencies: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Psychology at USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles  

Specialized Training: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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