Pivotal Minds provides diagnostic assessments to children suspected of having
Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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 (Occupational Therapist and/or Speech and Language Pathologist) 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.
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.
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).
You can prepare for your appointment by following the instructions below.