Private Assessments

Dr. Ramen Saggu is currently conducting private assessments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for children under the age of 6 through Pacific ABA Academy for families who do not want to wait an upwards of 12-18 months on the Sunnyhill Hospital waitlist for a government funded diagnosis. There is no waitlist at this time to receive a private diagnosis of ASD.

Dr. Saggu holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and completed her internship and post-internship conducting assessments for (ASD) for children and youth privately at the ABLE Developmental Clinic in Surrey and through a contracted site, Fraser Developmental Clinic, through the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN). Dr. Ramen Saggu is currently training under a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Todd Mason, while conducting the private ASD assessments along with a team of highly qualified Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP’s) at Pacific ABA Academy.

The private ASD assessment process for a child under the age of 6 takes anywhere between 8-12 hours. This typically starts with a detailed interview with the parents using standardized tools including Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) followed by cognitive assessment and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS) with the child. A comprehensive speech evaluation by an SLP and a medical assessment by the child’s paediatrician are required for confirmation of a diagnosis of ASD in BC. A detailed diagnostic report is provided to the family after a feedback meeting to discuss the results. If the child meets the criteria for autism spectrum disorder then the diagnostic report meets the requirements for application to the Autism Program in BC under the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The family can apply for government funding which allocates $22,000 per year for a child under 6 for autism treatment services.