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Clinical Diagnostic Program

BABC’s Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) Program is lead by Dr. Lauren Anker, Dr. Carmenluz Diaz, Dr. Jesse Lam, Psy.D., and Sabrina Stoll-Egger, M.S., PhD Candidate.

Bay Area Behavioral Connection’s Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation program offers a wide range of diagnostic services to children ages 0-18. The first step of the CDE process is to meet the diagnostic team for an initial screening interview to determine if further testing and evaluation is necessary. If the screening interview determines further evaluation is warranted, the second step of the CDE process is a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of symptom manifestation. If a screening interview indicates suspected neurodevelopmental disorders, further evaluation and testing is recommended. This thorough diagnostic evaluation would include observation of the child’s behavior in at least 2 settings, review of existing reports, and interview of current caregivers. This process may also include a Speech and Language evaluation with BABC’s diagnostic staff specializing in speech and language development as well as Licensed Speech and Language Pathologists. A typical diagnostic evaluation involves a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, a Speech and Language Pathologist, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as other supporting clinicians, to provide insight into the child’s symptom manifestation within the context of the full diagnostic criteria for ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation will often begin with an initial screening interview with BABC's CDE team will determine if further evaluation is warranted. If further evaluation is recommended, BABC may use any of the following to assist in identifying potential diagnoses within the scope of our diagnostic practice:


Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3)
Alberta Language and Development Questionnaire (ALDeQ)
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
Battelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition, Normative Update (BDI-2 NU)

Childhood Autism Rating Scales- Second Edition(CARS-2)
Center for Epidemiological Studies - Depression Scale for Children
Clinic Observation
Direct Interaction
Evaluating Acquired Skills in Communication (EASIC-3)
Functional Vision Assessment
Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation (GFTA-3)
Home Observation
Informal Observational Assessment of Hearing
Interview with Parents
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F)
Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, Second Edition (PDMS-2)
Preschool Language Scales (PLS-5)
Receptive-Expressive Emergent Language Test, Third Edition (REEL3)
Review of Reports, Assessments, and Testing Results
Sensory Processing Measure (SPM)
Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS-2)
The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3)
Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale

Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence- Second Edition (WASI-II)


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by the core symptoms of impairment in social interaction and communication as well as restricted, repetitive behaviors (APA, 2013). Autism diagnosis covers a wide spectrum of symptom presentation and range of skills or impairments. The diversity of symptom manifestation in ASD can make it difficult to accurately diagnose. Sometimes autistic children are mistakenly diagnosed with a different disorder, such as ADHD, or are told that nothing is wrong. Other times children are diagnosed with autism when another disorder would better capture symptom experience, or even when symptoms would not meet criteria for any existing diagnosis. With early detection and treatment, your child may find a better path to services and success later in life. Contact BABC for a free consultation and set up your child’s Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation.