Diagnosis Service

THE CFAR Diagnostic Clinic:

The CFAR provides comprehensive evaluation for children suspected to have ASD or at risk of ASD. The diagnostic assessment is conducted by a multidisciplinary team of specialists in ASD from various specialties, and aims to determine if the child meets criteria for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (DSM V); but also aims to provide parents with a holistic understanding of their child’s individual profile of developmental strengths and challenges, and recommendations for early interventions programming approaches and goals based on the child’s specific needs and emerging skills.

CFAR DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC REGISTRATION/ REFERRAL ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:

The center provides diagnosis for children:
  • Between the age of 1 year old (or younger) to 5 years old.
  • Audiological Examination Report (Hearing Test) must be attached or registration will be considered incomplete. Download template Here
  • M-chat Questionnair must be attached or registration will be considered incomplete. Download template Here
  • Criteria for accepting children includes the following:
    • Age: younger children have higher priority.
    • Children who have not been previously assessed or diagnosed with ASD have higher priority.
    • Accuracy of information provided in the registration form and followup contacts. Because ASD is a neurodevelopmental condition, it is important for clinicians to have information about your child's behaviour from throughout his/her development, and be aware of any medical concerns. As such, it is important for the team to review any previous assessments, medical reports, school reports etc. to have the most complete understanding of your child. The CFAR Diagnostic Clinic Staff will notify you if any further reports are required for submission. Providing incomplete or inaccurate data may result in decline of the registration/referral request.

Diagnostic Clinic RegistrationProfessional's Referral

The CFAR Diagnostic Team is composed of a multidisciplinary team of professionals from various disciplines and who all share an interest, specialized expertise and training, and years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. The team includes:
  • Consultant physician
  • Special education specialist
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Social Service specialist

We recognize that the diagnostic process can be a stressful time for families; therefore, we aim to provide a welcoming and child friendly environment where you can feel at ease to discuss your concerns and ask needed questions.
Our team utilizes current evidence based ASD and developmental assessment tools which have been translated to Arabic and adapted for use in KSA by the CFAR.

The CFAR Diagnostic Clinic Pathway:

PRE – INTAKE:

The Diagnostic Team review the online registration information and supporting documents. In certain cases, we may request documentation, such as medical reports, school information or intervention reports prior to the appointment scheduling. This step allows the team to plan for a comprehensive assessment which addresses the individual needs and concerns of each child and which can provide the most useful, relevant recommendations and feedback based on the child’s current situation.

Diagnosis process goes through several steps


1
First interview «Collect Registry information- Initial Screening»
2
Clinical Assessment
3
Cognitive and Skills Assessment
4
Observational & Interview Diagnostic tools «ADOS/ADI-R»
5
Speech and Language Assessment
6
Occupational Therapy Assessment
7
Psychological Assessment
DIAGNOSTIC TEAM CASE DISCUSSION:

Some of the kits & tools used for diagnosis

The diagnostic team meets weekly to review ongoing and completed diagnostic cases. The determination of ASD diagnosis takes place through a collaborative interdisciplinary discussion which reviews the child’s performance across evaluation sessions and the clinical history and information obtained across sessions.

In addition to determining if ASD diagnostic criteria are met, the team reviews for any conditions present along with or instead of a primary ASD diagnosis; for example, conditions such as Language Disorder, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay, Learning Disability, and Sensory Integration Dysfunction may also be identified. In certain cases, the need for specialist consultation i.e. Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Consultant Pediatric Neurologist; etc. may be determined and is then arranged, if available ,as part of the CFAR evaluation.

Finally, the team compiles a list of relevant and individualized recommendations based on the findings in order to guide parents on what interventions and supports may be particularly useful now and in the future to support the child’s ongoing development.

FAMILY FEEDBACK MEETING:

Members from the diagnostic team meet with the child’s parents to review and explain the diagnostic report and address any questions or concerns they may have. A comprehensive written report is provided.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How does acceptance priority work?
    Criteria above must be met. All online registrations are reviewed by the Diagnostic Team to review for eligibility for the service based on criteria above, and for complete submission of supporting documents are complete. In certain cases, the family will be notified to submit further information to determine eligibility. Complete reviewed registrations are then assigned appointments on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Where can I find the Audiological Examination Report (Hearing Test) template?
    You can download it using this link »Download template Here
  • Do you have other registration channels/methods?
    Registration for the Diagnostic Clinic is only through our website: no other means of Registration are accepted e.g. Whatsapp, Manual ... etc.
  • When will you be contacting us?
    Expect our contact within the next 2 weeks after online registration. If we are unable to reach you within a week, the registration will be placed on the waiting list pending any contact by you to reactivate the process.
  • What will happen if we don't show up on the appointment?
    Failing to show up on appointment without prior cancellation will put the Diagnosis registration on the waiting list; to allow us process other Diagnosis registrations.
  • Is it sufficient if one of the parents only came?
    Both parents (or guardians) have to be present during the initial interview.
  • What if my registration is declined?
    You will be notified by the clinic if the registration is declined and the reasons for being found ineligible for the Diagnostic Clinic service.