Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that causes significant social-communication and behavioral challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an average of 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have ASD. Because ASD can impact a child's development from a very young age, it is crucial to receive a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and begin treatment as early as possible.
Assessment and Evaluation
Wolff Child Psychology specializes in the diagnostic evaluation of ASD, from toddlerhood through adolescence and adulthood. We employ evidence-based assessment tools specific to evaluation for ASD, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2nd Edition (ADOS-2), the Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R), and a range of targeted developmental, cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral assessment tools.
Wolff Child Psychology offers individual and family therapy focused on improving the social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties experienced by many children and teens with ASD. We incorporate evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral principles into all facets of treatment. Often, individuals with ASD experience a range of co-occurring psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavioral problems at home and school. Wolff Child Psychology collaborates with children and parents to help alleviate these conditions by teaching evidence-based cognitive and behavioral coping skills, building and supporting parents' efforts at home, and helping individuals with ASD develop greater independence and flexibility.
For many children with ASD, professional services are needed beyond psychological assessment and therapy. We collaborate with families to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for each child, promote its implementation and success across educational and other settings, and sustain the plan over time. Together with parents and caregivers, Dr. Wolff and his associates consult with school teams to create effective Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), communicate with other professionals to maintain the consistency of treatment across settings, and work to identify the optimal resources for each child’s specific needs.