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ADULT AUTISM ASSESSMENT

HIGH FUNCTIONING 

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AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
LEVEL 1

  • Individuals at Level 1 require relatively minimal support.

  • They may benefit from social skills training, behavioral interventions, and accommodations in certain situations.

High-functioning autism in adults, previously referred to as Asperger's Syndrome, displays a unique set of symptoms. It is essential to understand that while these individuals often have normal to high intelligence, they still face challenges in their day-to-day lives. The symptoms generally revolve around social interaction and communication, with less emphasis on repetitive or restrictive behaviours.

Adults with high-functioning autism may find it difficult to understand social cues, often missing sarcasm or humour and taking things literally. They may struggle maintaining eye contact and often have long, one-sided conversations about a favourite topic. This might seem like an intense fixation or passion beyond a typical hobby.

Other symptoms might include a rigid adherence to routines and an aversion to change, which can cause distress when routines are disrupted. They may also have heightened sensitivity to sensory input, such as noises, lights, or textures, which others may not find disruptive. Despite these challenges, many adults with high-functioning autism can live independently, hold jobs, and lead fulfilling lives. However, they may need support in some areas, particularly social interaction and communication.

BENEFITS
OF AN
AUTISM ASSESSMENT

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A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adulthood can be beneficial for several reasons:

  • Understanding oneself: For many adults, receiving an ASD diagnosis can bring clarity and understanding about their unique strengths, challenges, and behaviours. It provides a framework for understanding why they may have struggled in certain areas or excelled in others.

  • Access to support and services: With a formal diagnosis, individuals may have better access to support services, accommodations, and resources. This can include counselling, therapy, and educational or workplace accommodations catering to their needs.

  • Community and social support: Knowing that one is part of the autism community can offer a sense of belonging. Connecting with others who share similar experiences can provide emotional support, reduce feelings of isolation, and facilitate the exchange of valuable information and coping strategies.

  • Personal growth and development: Armed with self-awareness, individuals with an ASD diagnosis can actively work on developing coping mechanisms, enhancing social skills, and managing challenges. This can lead to personal growth and an improved quality of life.

  • Career development: A diagnosis can lead to a better understanding of one's strengths and challenges in the workplace. It may open up opportunities for vocational training, career counselling, and job placements that align with an individual's abilities and interests.

  • Legal accommodations: In some cases, having an official diagnosis can help in obtaining legal accommodations, such as disability accommodations in the workplace or educational settings. This can include adjustments to work conditions, schedules, or tasks to suit an individual's needs better.

  • Healthcare considerations: Understanding one's autism diagnosis can be important in healthcare settings. It can help healthcare professionals tailor their approach to communication, address sensory sensitivities, and provide more effective care.

  • Family and interpersonal relationships: A diagnosis can also benefit family members and close friends by providing them with insights into the individual's behaviour, communication style, and needs. This increased understanding can strengthen relationships and foster a more supportive environment.

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ADULT AUTISM ASSESSMENT
In Person and Virtual Appointments
Alberta

The assessment aims to gather information about various aspects of an individual's life, behavior, and development to determine whether they meet the criteria for an autism diagnosis. Here are some components commonly included in an adult autism assessment:

  • Clinical Interview:

    • A detailed interview with the individual to gather information about their developmental history, current challenges, and strengths.

    • Questions may cover early childhood, school experiences, social relationships, sensory sensitivities, and daily living skills.

  • Behavioural Observation:

    • Directly observe the individual's behaviour in different settings to assess social interactions, communication skills, and repetitive or stereotyped behaviours.

  • Self-Report Measures:

    • Completion of questionnaires or surveys by the individual to provide insights into their own experiences, feelings, and behaviours.

  • Cognitive Assessment:

    • Standardized cognitive tests to assess intellectual functioning, problem-solving skills, and cognitive abilities. This helps rule out other developmental or intellectual disabilities.

  • Communication Assessment:

    • Evaluation of the individual's language and communication skills, including verbal and non-verbal communication.

  • Social Skills Assessment:

    • Evaluate social skills, including engaging in reciprocal social interactions, understanding social cues, and forming relationships.

  • Sensory Processing Assessment:

    • Exploration of sensory sensitivities or difficulties, as individuals with autism may have heightened or reduced sensitivities to sensory stimuli.

  • Adaptive Functioning Assessment:

    • Examination of daily living skills, including self-care, communication, and independent living skills.

  • Psychological Assessment:

    • Evaluation for co-occurring mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Why Schedule a Phone Consultation?

Whether you have specific concerns you'd like to discuss or you're unsure about the process, our dedicated team is ready to assist you. A phone consultation is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Dive into the details of your unique situation.

  • Gain insights into the process and how we can help.

  • Get answers to any questions you may have.

 

How to Book Your Phone Consultation:

Click on the "Book Consultation" button. Follow the simple prompts to choose a date and time that suits you best. We're here to accommodate your schedule.

What to Expect:

During the consultation, we'll listen attentively to your concerns and provide you with valuable information about our process. This is your chance to learn more about how we can address your specific challenges and guide you towards a solution.

Your Path to Solutions Starts Here:

Taking the first step is often the hardest part, but we are here to make it as seamless as possible. Your well-being is our top priority, and we're committed to helping you navigate the path ahead.

Don't hesitate to schedule your free phone consultation. We look forward to connecting with you and assisting you on your journey.

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