Autism assessments

Are you looking for an autism diagnosis?
Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht ND RP can help!

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Autistic herself—as well as being a licensed
diagnostician with extensive training in autism—
Dr. Engelbrecht is highly qualified to guide you
through the assessment process

Dr. Engelbrecht’s assessment will help you gain
a deeper understanding and appreciation of yourself
or affirm who you have always known yourself to be

An assessment by Dr. Engelbrecht can result in a better
understanding of yourself. An assessment may also help
you capitalize on your strengths and help you improve
challenging areas of your life.

It can also help your partner(s), colleagues, friends,
and family better understand your strengths and
unique qualities. And with a formal diagnosis,
you may be able to get accommodations or
access local resources.

This is a service
provided for adults

Assessment service

As a courtesy, we offer the autism assessment in 3 parts:

It starts with the autism screening—a preliminary assessment
of your autistic traits which will indicate if pursuing a formal diagnosis is warranted. If so, you can continue with the
diagnostic assessment—resulting in a formal diagnosis.
As an optional third step, the M.D. review makes your
diagnosis valid in most countries in the world.

This 3-part system allows you to do the assessment at a speed
that is comfortable for you. It also allows you to divide the cost
over time. If your data indicates that continuing is not warranted,
or the screening is sufficient to satisfy your needs, you do not have
to spend additional time and money on the rest of the process.

Part 1

Autism screening

The autism screening consists of the following:

  • 13 questions regarding your traits,
    history, and challenges
  • 6 psychometrics (empirically validated)
  • A review of your information, based
    on the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
  • A 10+ page report based on the findings

At the end of the screening process, Dr. Engelbrecht RP ND will advise whether continuing with the diagnostic assessment is warranted.

Waiting time

The waiting time for the screening report is
up to 12 weeks after submitting your documents.

Part 2

Diagnostic assessment

The diagnostic assessment consists of:

  • An additional 6 psychometrics
    (empirically validated)
  • A 30–45 minute clinical interview via teleconference, based on the ADOS-2 Module 4
  • A review of your information, based
    on the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
  • A comprehensive diagnostic report based on the data acquired during the assessment process

Waiting time
  • Diagnostic report: up to 8–10 weeks after the diagnostic interview has taken place.
  • Clinical interview: You will be invited to book an interview with Dr. Engelbrecht RP ND within 12–16 weeks after completing your diagnostic questionnaire.
Part 3

Medical doctor review of diagnostic assessment

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Step three involves an assessment by a medical doctor; she will review the diagnostic test results and the information gathered in the screening and diagnostic assessments, and will conduct an independent assessment to determine if criteria are met to warrant an autism diagnosis under the DSM-5—or with respect to any other condition.


Below are the services we offer after you
have been diagnosed with autism

Post-diagnostic service


Once the assessment process is complete,
you can get a letter of accommodation (LOA),
which provides a written statement of the academic
or work accommodations recommended for you.

Post-diagnostic service

Medical forms

If you need help with any medical forms,
Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht RP ND can offer
assistance filling in and signing any forms
associated with your autism diagnosis.

The assessment team

We work as a multidisciplinary team with a diverse blend of
practice, experience, and expertise. Our team includes a registered psychotherapist and a medical physician. Where necessary,
we have access to external resources and can refer clients to appropriate practitioners or service providers that may
compliment and build on our own expertise.

Our team is available to assess, interpret and apply individual test results in order to consider them in a broader clinical or medical context, including for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment, following the establishment of an appropriate clinical relationship.

Included as part of the multidisciplinary team is
Dr. Jagpreet Arora MD. Dr. Arora has practiced as a licensed
medical physician in Ontario since 1985. Her practice has for
years included the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of
patients with autism spectrum disorders.

The team also consists of multiple individuals on the autism spectrum who are available to provide support to clients. These include professionally designated health practitioners licensed and trained to service clients in the
autistic community.

About the screening

The online screening was developed to provide an easy to use but clinically validated means to screen and assess autistic traits and qualification for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

NB: No diagnosis is made based on application of the screening tool alone. A formal diagnosis will require formalized assessment by a qualified practitioner in the context of an established clinical relationship (part 2 of the assessment process).

The assessment tool we rely upon at Embrace Autism is a compilation of clinically validated and long used psychometric assessment tools that are broadly applied by practitioners in the field. Our tool also builds on more specialized screening tools that are specific to our practice, though they may also be applied by others.


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