The Process of Diagnosing an Autism Spectrum Disorder Part 3.1: The Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI)
In Part 3, Laura meets with Rebecca Schulman, Clinical Research Coordinator, for an extended interview based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual's criteria for an autism spectrum disorder. Rebecca asks about Gregory's early development, verbal and non verbal communication and interaction with peers and family, along with his ability to play, share interest and show compassion. She also asks about the repetitive and stereotyped interests that sometimes characterize autism. Laura talks about the gains Gregory has made in three months of therapy and her hopes for his future.
"My goal is to make him so he can take care of himself...that's the same goal I have with all my children. "
— Laura (Gregory's Mother)