Multi-disciplinary assessment is an assessment carried out by different professionals in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is always better than conducted by one specific discipline.
In a multi-disciplinary team, each person carrying out the assessment will have different areas of expertise. For example, an assessment at Symbiosis may be administered by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, Behavior Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, and an Occupational therapist. All these professionals’ findings will be amalgamated at the end of a Comprehensive assessment to provide a holistic review of the child’s performance focusing on lots of different functional aspects and domains.
Benefits of multi-disciplinary assessment
A multi-disciplinary assessment is usually most appropriate for children with Autism that need to be considered together as a whole. They may also be useful for children and families seeking therapy interventions of a specific condition (for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder).
- Different areas of expertise will allow a holistic view of a child.
- Many different aspects of the child’s challenges can be addressed within a limited time.
- Different professionals trained in observing specific needs of the child can collaborate and discuss their findings with more than one specific professional or service provider.
Why is a multi-disciplinary assessment needed?
A multidisciplinary assessment may be needed if a child with Autism has multiple areas of difficulty that would benefit from being assessed as one. It may also be needed if a child has complex challenges that require lots of expert support. A multidisciplinary assessment may also be required if a second opinion is required from a different professional, which can then be provided during the assessment process itself.
Some examples of conditions that may require a multidisciplinary assessment include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Acquired Head / Brain injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down’s Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities
What information will I receive following a multi-disciplinary assessment?
Following your multi-disciplinary assessment, each member of the team will write a short report of their findings. These reports may provide specific advice to help manage each of the difficulties that were identified during the assessment. This will help to gather a holistic view of the child’s problems, different goals can be identified and prioritized as necessary.
A multidisciplinary assessment is an assessment that is administered by lots of different members of a professional team that have different areas of expertise. The report may also provide some recommendations for the treatment that may be beneficial depending on the child’s needs, abilities, and goals.