DENVER, CO. - InBloom Autism Services announced today that they are now offering diagnostic evaluations to identify Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children between the ages of 18-months and 5-years-old in Denver and Colorado Springs. Included in the comprehensive diagnostic evaluations is the ADOS-2 instrument, which is considered to be the current gold-standard of diagnostic evaluation tools, and will be administered by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Mariah Coe, PhD, at InBloom’s Denver Learning Center located in Centennial.
ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, and has many different signs and symptoms that can look different in every person. Children with ASD may vary widely in their presentations, but a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation will be able to accurately assess and identify ASD across age, developmental level, and language skills, explains InBloom’s Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Scott Allen, Psy.D.
InBloom Founder and CEO, Kiel Rager, explained that the new initiative being offered to families in Colorado continues the organization’s mission to help make evaluations and therapy services more accessible to families who may otherwise go without them. Due to a lack of qualified medical professionals with the availability to perform the assessments, or due to affordability, many families are limited in their access to care.
"We have been overwhelmed by the feedback from families about the need for quality diagnostic evaluations in Colorado and we are grateful to be able to provide the community with high-quality evaluations at a very affordable price,” said Rager. “Too many kiddos are going without the services they need because the wait list for evaluations stretches for months and months or the cost to receive an evaluation is just too much for families to afford. It is InBloom's mission to make sure we do everything we can so the kiddos in Colorado receive the care they need, when they need it."
“Colorado is one of the best places in the country to live, but booming growth has outpaced availability of high-quality services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. Long wait lists are the norm, but the key to a young child having the best outcome is early diagnosis and intervention while the brain is in key stages of development,” said Dr. Coe.
“I'm delighted to be serving children and families at InBloom's Denver Learning Center. I'll partner with parents on a compassionate and in-depth review of a child's developmental history, followed by appropriate evaluation using the ADOS-2 and other gold-standard measures to assess current functioning in several domains of a child's development. Families can expect to receive an evaluation that is based in current research, but that is explained in terms of what a diagnosis means to a child's functioning on a day-to-day basis. My goal in providing diagnostic services is to help children thrive by gaining access to appropriate early intervention services.”
Diagnostic evaluations at InBloom are being offered on a first come, first served basis for a price of $295.00. Pediatricians looking to refer their patients, or caregivers looking to obtain an evaluation for their child can call 888-754-0398 to connect with InBloom’s Care Team, or visit inbloomautism.com/diagnosing to inquire more. InBloom’s Denver Learning Center is located at 12503 E. Euclid Dr. Suite 55, Centennial, CO 80111.