Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Adult Developmental Disorders

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Penn Social Learning Disorders Program

Assessment of SLD

Individuals with social learning disorders like Asperger's Syndrome present with a wide variety of strengths and needs. Our comprehensive evaluation includes a thorough assessment of a client's developmental history, current psychological, social, behavioral, and adaptive functioning, and future goals. An in-depth clinical interview and standardized behavior checklists are used to determine specific social skill deficits, gaps in social learning, barriers to independence, and maladaptive behavior patterns that may be maintaining or exacerbating core symptoms. Where appropriate, family members and other significant others may also provide historical data and contribute information to help clarify referral concerns. Medical problems and/or other psychiatric conditions that may accompany an social learning disorder such as depression, anxiety, avoidance, difficulties processing environmental stimulation, obsessive thoughts and rituals, and difficulties with attention and executive function are also identified.

A client seeking evaluation will typically undergo an initial phone screening, fill out a home information packet, participate in a two-hour assessment interview, and receive a written report and verbal feedback in a face-to-face follow-up session. For clients seeking treatment for specific stressors and/or skill deficits, a ten to twelve week treatment plan targeting mutually agreed upon goals will be developed and discussed at the feedback session. Other services such as community-based and employment setting observations and/or consultations may be available as well.



For more information about our program, please call our intake coordinator at (215) 573-1159.