Autism Services at Schenectady ARC

There are many resources to assist in diagnosing a child that may show signs of Austism Spectrum Disorders. Sometimes the wait for qualified evaluators and testing can be considerable. Families can wait up to 12-18 months during which time your child may no longer be eligible for autism services. At Schenectady ARC we are ready to assist you in this process and offer programs and services that may be a match for your family member.

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Testing

The ADOS Can Jump Start the Process
Schenectady ARC provides families with the assessment and diagnosis needed to begin receiving autism services.

Schenectady ARC’s Certified ADOS Test Administrator conducts a standardized series of tasks (known as ADOS) for assessing social and communicative behavior associated with autism. The tasks are designed to accurately assess autism and pervasive developmental disorders. The information gained through the testing may assist in eligiblilty for autism services through the state Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities system.

What is the ADOS?
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is the “gold standard” for assessing and diagnosing autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) across ages, developmental levels and language skills. It is a standardized protocol that consists of a series of structured and semi-structured tasks that involve social interaction between the examiner and the subject.

College Success Program

This pilot program provides matriculated Schenectady County Community College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder with an array of supports and services necessary to fully participate and thrive in college life. A College Success Coach will assist students with:
• becoming acquainted with and access various campus and community-based services
• understand course schedule and access academic support services
• develop self-advocacy, self disclosure and self-monitoring skills
• advocate with professors regarding academic needs and issues
• become involved in campus life including organizations, clubs and various extra-curricular activities
• learn essential adaptive living skills, social strategies and executive functioning skills for success in the college and community setting

Other skills that that may be worked/focused on are effective communication and conversational skills, appropriate dress and hygiene, stress/anger management, transportation skills, adapting to unexpected situations, education on and coping with bullying, teasing and social rejection, friendship, relationships and socialization skills, financial management/budgeting, organization/time management, independent/adaptive living skills, problem solving and sensory overstimulation. Visit the College Success Program

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