Thursday, Oct 20, 2016
Harbin Clinic psychologist Dr. Candice Claiborne has been selected as a member of the Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative. The project aims to help psychologists provide quality diagnostic assessments with a focus on young children suspected of having Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder beginning in early childhood. It can affect how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns.
ASD signs usually become present by three years old, but on average, children aren’t diagnosed with ASD until after their fourth birthday. Only 45 percent of children diagnosed with ASD had a developmental evaluation by age three.
“Early identification and intervention of ASD is critical in changing developmental outcomes and learning important skills for children” says Dr. Claiborne.
Dr. Claiborne received 40 hours of training to receive her certification to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2).
ADOS-2 is a test used to assess and diagnose autism spectrum disorders across, age, developmental levels and language skills.
“At Harbin Clinic Psychology, I can now help families with the assessment and diagnosis of their young child (24 months and older) suspected of having ASD, improving early identification and helping them find appropriate intervention services” says Dr. Claiborne.
To find out more about Harbin Clinic Psychology, please visit our web site at www.harbinclinic.com/psychology.