DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Pivotal Minds provides diagnostic assessments to children suspected of having

Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child can be extremely stressful and next steps can be confusing. At Pivotal Minds, we want to ease your worry.  Things can seem overwhelming, we have composed this page to make it easier to understand.  

Worried about your child?

Diagnostic Assessment Information

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Why is there a fee for this assessment?

Our diagnostic team is lead by a physician whose services are covered by OHIP.  However, administration of standardized tools such as the ADOS, and the diagnostic assessments provided by the other members of our interdisciplinary team (other professionals, such as BCBAs, SLPs or OTs) are not covered under OHIP.

Can we see the physician only?

You can have your doctor send a referral for an initial consultation.  In some instances, the physician may be able to make a diagnosis of ASD.  However, this approach does not represent the gold standard for assessment, as outlined by experts in the field.  If the physician is not able to make a diagnosis after the initial consultation, you can book further assessment (e.g. ADOS) for a fee.  Alternatively, you can be referred to a regional diagnostic centre and be placed on a wait list for a diagnostic assessment.

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Are assessments free of charge?

Children can be referred to a regional diagnostic centre for publicly funded assessments.  Unfortunately, there is a significant wait list for these services. 

 

If you wish to pursue a publicly funded assessment, please contact your regional centre.

We try to keep our fees affordable for private assessments. 

How to book an assessment

Please call 905.553.1800 to discuss your concerns.  You can decide whether you would like to book an initial consultation (where your concerns are discussed and observed by the Medical Director) or book a full diagnostic assessment for a fee.  The assessment will involve an interdisciplinary team, and will utilize an ADOS (standardized assessment tool).

Should you decide to proceed with a private assessment, please obtain a referral from your child's doctor and have them fax it to 905.303.4700 to see Dr. Cellupica.

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We are here to help.

Immediate steps you should take are:

  • Obtain a Disability Tax Credit (DTC) from your child's physician.  Therapies are costly - some parents will use the money obtained through the DTC to pay for treatment until they receive funding through the government.  Click below for the form.

  • Register with the Ontario Autism Program right away.  The OAP is the government funded program in Ontario.  The waitlist is incredibly long.  Do not let this deter you from obtaining treatment, as the early years in your child's life are the most crucial times your child should receive treatment.  Click below for more information.

  • Seek out applications from charities or other means if possible.

  • Begin Treatment as soon as possible to improve the trajectory of your child's quality of life.  Pivotal Response Treatment is an excellent choice for small children.

What if my child receives a diagnosis?