Are you an adult who wonders if you are on the spectrum? Because Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become more in the public eye in recent years, I commonly receive requests for evaluations from adults in Sacramento that are concerned that they have symptoms and signs that may be consistent with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s (Asperger’s is no longer a diagnosis and now falls under the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder).
Signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder
If you are worried about your social skills, ability to connect with others, and have struggled throughout your life with reading and expressing nonverbal signals, it may be worth exploring whether something is going on. There are also other symptoms of ASD, but these can be variable from person to person. The core deficits of ASD are difficulties in social-emotional reciprocal communication. It is important to understand that Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning that it is present from early childhood onward to adulthood. For this reason, an evaluation involves taking a thorough childhood psychological/medical history and speaking with family members that knew you when you were a young child (under age 5), whenever possible!
What are some of the benefits of undergoing an evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder at Healthy Mind Sacramento?
Most adults who undergo testing do it for their own peace of mind to figure out what is going on in their life. It helps to better understand where their pervasive pattern of difficulty in relationships is coming from. Sometimes, an individual is found NOT to have ASD, but rather a different diagnosis, such as social anxiety disorder. Getting a proper diagnosis allows you to seek the correct treatment so you can begin having healthy relationships.
If you do have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, you may be eligible for many services. These include:
- Eligibility at Alta California Regional Center, which connects clients to free- and low-cost therapies and job-training
- Work or school accommodations
What tests/procedures are given?
- Clinical psychodevelopmental interview with you
- IQ testing, to make sure there are no deficit areas that could account for problem behaviors
- Phone interview and questionnaires to be completed by a family member(s) (or
someone who has known you since you were a child, when these behaviors
- Autism Spectrum Disorder “gold standard” testing
- Any supplemental testing as needed to rule out common co-occurring
disorders: e.g. depression, anxiety, social anxiety
How long does testing take?
Testing is completed over 2 sessions, a few hours each. There is then a third feedback session a few weeks later in which you will receive your report and we will go over the results of your evaluation in detail.
How much does testing cost?
Testing usually ranges from $1750- 2750. Please call or fill out the contact form to get a quote with more information. Healthy Mind Sacramento does not take insurance, but we do provide a superbill if you wish to submit it to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Learn more about Dr. Miller’s work in assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and treating ASD through therapy here.
Want to learn more about living with life on the spectrum? Check out Living with Asperger’s: Ways to overcome social deficits and feelings of inadequacy