Our Clinic

At NDAC, we welcome children and teens with known or suspected autism spectrum disorders or autistic learning styles. Our approach is multi-disciplinary and multi-method, and adheres to best-practice assessment procedures. We provide not only a diagnosis, but also comprehensive treatment plans and recommendations for services.

The NDAC Model

  • We begin each assessment by asking what you hope to learn, and focus our assessment on your specific goals.
  • We work with you to establish your family’s narrative, gathering a diagnostic history and also examining school records, testing records, and videos of your child.
  • We use standardized psychological measures along with play sessions and informal interviews to get to know your child personally.

NDAC Assessments

Diagnostic Assessment 

  • We use autism-specific assessment (ADOS) and cognitive, language and adaptive behavior functioning to reach a DSM-5 diagnosis
  • Our diagnostic reports focus on recommendations for specific treatment strategies, behavior and teaching methods and motivators—as well as the usual recommendations for hours and types of services

Differential Diagnostic Assessment 

  • If it’s not an autism spectrum disorder, what is it?
  • Is it an autism spectrum disorder plus something else?
  • How should treatment be modified for multiple diagnoses?
  • Where is you child in reference to peers?

Learning Assessments  

  • How does your child learn and what barriers must be overcome for them to learn better?
  • How can you make what you’re doing now more effective?
  • What evidence-based treatments are available to help your child learn and find fulfillment?

Diagnostic Re-Assessment

  • Diagnoses change as children grow.  Diagnosis is a ‘short-hand’ for treatment needs so re-assessment can help re-focus treatment plans.

Parents can self-refer for an NDAC assessment. We also welcome referrals from medical and education colleagues. NDAC assessments may be covered by third party insurance, regional center or private pay. Assessment follows clinical guidelines in California SB946 for medically-necessary, evidence-based diagnostic evaluation.

Contact Clinic Coordinator Raizel DeWitt, phone: 415-391-3417, email: rdewitt@acnc.org

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