Comprehensive Diagnostic evaluation Information

comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation?

A Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation is a detailed review and assessment of your child’s behavior and development in comparison to national evidence-based standards.  Such reports are often a psychological or neurological evaluation detailing medical diagnosis such as diseases, disorders, syndromes, or conditions (e.g. autism spectrum disorder) that may impede your child’s learning and development. 

Who can write a Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation?

  • Developmental Pediatricians
  • Child Neurologists
  • Child Psychologists
  • Child Psychiatrists

What may a Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation include?

  • Teacher assessment
  • Parent or guardian interview
  • Hearing and vision testing
  • Genetic testing
  • Neurological and/or other medical testing
  • Diagnostic testing using tools such as:
  • — Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
    — The Childhood Autism Rating Scale 2nd edition (CARS2)
  • — Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS)
    — Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R)
    — Social Communication Questionnaire
    — Battelle Developmental Inventory- 2nd edition

When does my child need a Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation?

Core Behavior Skills must submit a copy of your child’s Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation, before behavior analysis services can be initiated if required by the funding source. 

Private pay does not require a Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation.

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