RST Diagnostic Evaluations & Functional Assessments


All members involved in the RST Groups are required to do initial and annual diagnostic evaluations and functional assessments.  These evaluations and assessments are scientifically valid and reliable measures.

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Evaluations/Assessments Measure:

  • Functional strengths and weaknesses
  • Pragmatic knowledge vs. skills
  • Knowledge, use, and meaning of emotions and emotional regulation.
  • Non-verbal processing abilities and deficits
  • Sensory Processing challenges
  • Executive Function behaviors, abilities, and deficits
  • Metalinguistic, “Theory of Mind” skills
  • Social skill functioning in home, school, and community settings
  • Co-occurring mental health conditions

Evaluations/Assessments Include:

  • Direct, individual clinical diagnostics based on interviews and observations of behavior.
  • Parent diagnostic clinical interview assessments.
  • Autism spectrum diagnostic informant tests.
  • Standardized behavior ratings.
  • Individual longitudinal development assessments.

    Initial Evaluation/Assessments:

    • Measure Diagnostic, Developmental, and Adaptive Behaviors necessary for differential diagnosis.
    • Provide a proper and professional diagnosis used to:
    1. Treat each client as needed – we don’t treat the diagnosis!  
    2. Give a baseline of diagnostic, developmental, behavioral and functional abilities so that longitudinal progress or decline can be measured.

    Yearly Evaluations/Assessments:

    • Allow for tracking of clinically significant outcomes through time.
    • Provide data for Dr. Amigo to design:
    1. Individually tailored interventions according to identified strengths, interests, and needs.
    2. A specific plan to develop the client’s internal motivation to seek, maintain, and gain positive interpersonal relationships. 
    3. Ongoing specialized individual and group treatment planning.
    • Provide valid and objective justification for:
    1. Special education and/or community support services.
    2. Our professional consultation with school authorities to design and implement an appropriate IEP.
    3. Assist our clinical team to coordinate services.