Tucson Alliance for Autism 3111 E. 2nd Street Tucson, AZ 85716 US

Evaluations and Assessments

Autism Evaluations

Tucson Alliance for Autism conducts comprehensive evaluations of ASD that includes a direct interactive assessment of the client and extensive developmental history and historical perspective from parents.  

Evaluations are conducted by a licensed psychologist and licensed clinical social worker with several decades of combined experience.  These professionals use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), which are considered the gold standard in autism assessment instruments.  Evaluations conducted for school districts include feedback from teachers and support staff on the student’s academic, social and communication skills in addition to a direct interactive assessment of the student and parent interview.


Assessment of Intellectual Ability of preschool age children through adulthood examining intellectual skills within the domains of verbal comprehension, fluid reasoning, visual spatial aptitude, working memory and processing speed.

Assessments of Cognitive Ability of children and adults measuring general knowledge, long-term memory, short-term memory, visual-spatial aptitude, auditory processing, fluid reasoning, quantitative knowledge and processing speed.

Assessments of Academic Achievement measuring achievement of children and adults in the domains of reading to include basic reading skills, reading comprehension and reading fluency, written language to include writing mechanics, written expression and writing fluency and skills in mathematics to include math calculation, math problem solving and math fluency.

Meet the Team

Dr. Kacey Chandler, PhD

Dr. Chandler is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist and has worked with children on the autism spectrum for over 30 years.   She has worked with children and families both in the private sector and as a school psychologist.  Dr. Chandler was a cofounder to Tucson Alliance for Autism (TAFA) and has remained a member of the Evaluation and Treatment Team at TAFA since it opened its doors in 2005.

Ruth Aguilar Hansen, MSW, LCSW

Ms. Aguilar Hansen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided direct therapeutic intervention to both children and adults in a various mental health/educational programs in both Arizona and California for 28 years. Ms. Aguilar Hansen has focused on working with children on the autism spectrum for the last 14 years to include serving as an evaluation team member in a school setting. Ms. Aguilar Hansen has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America /Southern Arizona as well as the Tucson Alliance of Autism (TAFA) Advisory Board. 


 If you are interested in scheduling a Comprehensive Autism Evaluation or Assessment, please call our office at (520) 319-5857 or email us at info@tucsonallianceforautism.org

The Tucson Alliance for Autism is a fee for service provider.  We do not accept or bill insurance companies directly.