December 28, 2019

An autism assessment

Last updated on March 3, 2021

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:

An autistic therapist

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.

Assessment

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.

Online autism assessments

An illustration of a clipboard with a checklist or assessment.

When you are ready to pursue an autism assessment,
please contact me via the assessments page.

References

This article
was written by:
dr-natalie-engelbrecht

I’m a dually licensed registered psychotherapist and naturopathic doctor, and a Canadian leader in trauma, PTSD, and integrative medicine strictly informed by scientific research.

And not only do I happen to be autistic, but my autism plays a significant role in who I am as a doctor and how I interact with and care for my patients and clients.

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