Many individuals seek neuropsychological testing to determine if they may be autistic. This comprehensive evaluation can be expensive and exhausting, and it is not required to make a diagnosis, unless there are concerns regarding intellectual impairment.
Our psychologists utilize a neurodiverse-affirming approach to these evaluations with children, adolescents and adults.
It is never too late to seek a diagnosis of autism. In fact, many of our clients have reported that this increased self-awareness allows for highlighting strengths and assisting with navigating challenges.
Young adults may use this self-knowledge to improve their college experience by:
Choosing a single room to decrease social and sensory demands and to ensure a safe haven.
Taking classes part-time (to account for executive functioning/organizational challenges).
Possibly living at home (to minimize the number of changes to adjust to all at once).
Joining interest-based groups (so that socializing has a purpose).
Choosing careers that match interests and abilities.
Requesting reasonable accommodations at school and/or at work.
In middle adulthood, individuals may use the information to:
Do a life review, understand why careers and relationships have or have not been successful.
Improve on relationships or pursue better matches.
Ask for accommodations at work, or to pursue work that is more fitting.
In late adulthood, individuals may use the information to:
Do a life review.
Renew and/or repair relationships affected by Autism.
Customize their environment in order to be comfortable and accommodating to the strengths and challenges of Autism.