Because autism varies widely from person to person, making a diagnosis can be difficult if a clinician does not have clinical experience specifically in autism. It is often diagnosed later in life, as difficulties stemming from autism may not be recognized until they become apparent after a burnout, or indeed if you are dealing with an experienced clinician who understands what patterns to look for—subtle as they may be.
I see these patterns, both because I am an experienced Canadian psychotherapist with a specialty and special interest in autism, and because I am autistic myself. To read more about how being autistic and a psychotherapist work in unison, have a look at:
Why pursue a diagnosis?
A formal diagnosis can help you in various ways:
- It can offer a framework to begin to make sense of your life.
- It can improve your understanding of yourself, your behaviors and proclivities, and how you see others and the world.
- If you understand yourself better, by extension others can come to understand you better as well.
- A diagnosis can also be useful in gaining a better understanding of your child or partner, which can enrich your relationship with them.
- It can help you acknowledge your strengths, and better manage your challenges.
- Self-awareness is key to personal growth, but being more aware of our strengths can also lead to greater self-esteem, and ultimately even success and happiness in life.
- It can be immensely validating to get a diagnosis, especially when people in your environment have stated you couldn’t possibly be autistic.
- They are likely wrong anyway, because research indicates that about 80% of people who self-diagnosed autism ultimately had their diagnosis confirmed by a specialist.
- A diagnosis is often needed to get access to specialized therapy or support.
- A diagnosis may give you access to special education resources at school, or extra time on exams.
I offer autism assessments for a relatively low price because I think it’s important to help other autistic people, who often don’t have the money to step into an expensive assessment process. For that reason, I also offer my assessments in two parts. That way, I can offer an initial screening assessment at an affordable price, after which I can advise you on whether it makes sense to proceed with the diagnosis.
To learn more about the assessments I offer, have a look at the post below.
When you are ready to pursue an autism assessment,
please contact me via the assessments page.