Who should be referred to ASAC?


What are the costs of ASAC services?


Will my insurance cover the assessment or therapy?


Is there a sliding-scale or payment plan?


What is the typical schedule for an ASAC evaluation?


What is the difference between ASAC and CARD?


What are the benefits of getting a private evaluation?


What if my child does not have autism?


What if my child already has a diagnosis of autism or an autism spectrum disorder?


What if my child will not cooperate with the assessment process?


Is my child too young to participate in a developmental evaluation?


Who has access to my child's records?


How do I schedule an evaluation or therapy?



Any child or adult can be referred to ASAC for expert evaluation. Clients seek our services for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Suspicion of the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Academic underachievement

  • Concerns expressed by pediatrician and/or school personnel

  • Obsessive behaviors and/or interests

  • Shyness or difficulty relating to peers

  • Delayed developmental milestones

  • Frequent and severe tantrums

  • Fears and/or extreme anxiety

  • Heightened sensitivity to certain stimuli, like loud noises, crowds or clothing tags

  • Current diagnosis of ASD, and in need of detailed recommendations pertaining to therapy or schooling

  • Re-evaluation for the purposes of second opinion and/or updated recommendations

  • The need for an evaluation to be conducted in Spanish

    

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ASAC is able to offer services at a lower cost than other facilities, as it is a university-based clinic and is not-for-profit.

Full Evaluation (including  written report)

Age 6 years to adult - $3200

Ages 5 or younger - $3000

A $200 discount is offered for re-evaluations  

Therapy

Session with licensed psychologist (50 min)- $250

Session with graduate student trainee (50 min) - $175

KIT Club (9-week program)  - $750  (Fee is for entire program. Costs are not prorated if participant misses a session(s)).

Additional Services

In-office Consultation (60-90 min) - $300

School Observation and Consultation (60 min) - $400

Additional Summary Report - $250

Translation of Summary and Recommendation section of evaluation report into Spanish - $300

UM faculty, staff & dependents

Dependents of UM faculty & staff may be eligible for reimbursement using the Special Employee Benefit through UM Autism Benefits.

Additional discounts are provided for individuals affiliated with the University of Miami (faculty, staff, and students).

Fees are subject to change.


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Currently, we do not work directly with any insurance company. However, many insurance plans cover at least some portion of the cost of treatment/evaluation. We provide families with a detailed invoice that can be submitted to their insurance company for reimbursement. Payment to ASAC is the responsibility of the client and due at the time services are rendered.


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We do not offer a sliding scale fee. Payment for services is the responsibility of the client or guardian and is due at the time services are rendered. However, in some extenuating circumstances, payment plans/service costs may be negotiated with an ASAC Coordinator or Supervisor. It is the client’s or guardian’s responsibility to request this option. Discounts are provided for families associated with the University of Miami (faculty, staff, and students).  Evaluation and Treamtment for dependents of UM faculty & staff, who are enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical insurance plan, may be eligible for reimbursement using the Special Employee Benefit through UM Autism Benefits


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ASAC offers testing at the University of Miami, Coral Gables Campus. After an evaluation is complete, the family is invited back to the clinic for a feedback session (typically completed 2-4 weeks post-evaluation), whereby they are provided with a detailed report and individualized feedback describing the results of the evaluation and recommendations.


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This is a common question, as both ASAC and the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) are housed in the same location. CARD is a state-funded organization that provides no-cost community outreach, family support, and technical assistance to individuals who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or another related disorder. ASAC is a specialty clinic that provides unique psychological services that are not provided by CARD. Specifically, ASAC provides psychological evaluations and therapy for individuals with social-communicative difficulties (including autism). That said, ASAC and CARD have a close relationship, in that families who participate in ASAC services can be easily connected with CARD services, when appropriate.


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Families seek private evaluations for a variety of reasons. For one, the results of the evaluation are confidential and are not shared with other entities (e.g., medical doctors, school) unless explicitly requested by the client or guardian. Another reason families seek private evaluations is because of the personalized and individualized care they receive. ASAC limits the number of clients we see each week in order to ensure that adequate time and attention is allocated to each client. In keeping with out commitment to high standards, the ASAC team never has a“cookie cutter” approach to evaluation and treatment. Rather, we make substantial effort to address each family issue and concern comprehensively, and we select assessment tools and therapy methods based on each individual’s unique strengths and needs.


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Many of the individuals who are assessed at ASAC do have a diagnosis of ASD. However, it is not uncommon for families to seek a diagnostic evaluation due to a suspected ASD diagnosis, but find that the concerns they have are in fact not related to autism. In those cases, ASAC continues to work to provide a comprehensive explanation of each individual’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses, areas warranting intervention, school-based recommendations and differential diagnoses (if warranted).


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The evaluation process at ASAC provides much more information than just a clinical diagnosis. Oftentimes, we see families who have had a previous clinical diagnosis with no clear explanation or description of the client’s unique style of learning, socializing and communicating. ASAC provides a comprehensive and descriptive report explaining tests results, interpretation and clinical impressions. This information can be useful in determining “what to do next” in terms of therapeutic planning, school placement, vocational placement, etc.


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Our goal is to establish a warm and comfortable environment, such that all individuals are motivated to participate. However, we occasionally evaluate individuals who pose behavioral challenges. In those instances, we make every attempt to ensure we are able to capture the most accurate reflection of an individual’s true ability. To do so, we commonly make accommodations, such as providing frequent breaks, spacing testing sessions across additional days, utilizing reinforcement/reward strategies, providing visual supports, and soliciting support from parents.


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We strongly recommend that families seek professional assistance as soon as concerns about their child’s development emerge. Research consistently indicates that children with developmental difficulties achieve maximal progress when interventions begin early. That said, it is sometimes difficult to establish a clinical diagnosis in very young infants and toddlers. Therefore, our initial goals when evaluating infants and toddlers are to identify any developmental issues that warrant intervention. We then provide ongoing monitoring until a clinical diagnosis can be established or ruled-out.


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ASAC records are kept private and confidential to the extent provided by law. With regards to an evaluation, the client (or guardian) is provided a copy of an evaluation report. The report is not released to any other person or organization without the explicit and signed consent of the guardian. With regards to therapy, progress notes are kept private and confidential, and will not be released to any person or entity without written consent from the client or guardian. There are limitations to confidentiality, which will be explained to you by your therapist.


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To set up an appointment or request additional information, please Contact Us.


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