A.S.D. – Asperger’s Syndrome Screening for Adults
Sometimes, individuals hear and read about Autism Spectrum Disorders or “Asperger’s Syndrome“. They begin to think they may be “on the spectrum”. They might take an online test that comes up with a high score. A diagnosis through Asperger’s Syndrome screening often brings great relief. They can then learn more about their neurological functioning and obtain social support and treatment. This can get help in their relationships along with the anxiety and depression that often accompanies A.S.D. such that they can learn ways to overcome their challenges.
We provide extensive interviews and assessment in three sessions to review results for adults who suspect they may be on the spectrum and wish to have testing and evaluation. Two of the three sessions are extended and I limit these assessments to adults. This is because children and teens who are still in school are generally required by their schools’ administration to have an evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist with a Ph.D. However, if you are an adult who would just like to have feedback from a professional who has been working with autism for 15+ years, I can provide a thorough assessment that will help answer some questions for you. Sometimes, adults like to have a screening so they can ask their employer for accommodations in the workplace.
The Process for Asperger’s Syndrome Screening
An Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening consists of two seventy-five minute appointments for the assessment portion. It is helpful to bring a partner, close friend, or parent to at least one of the sessions, which provides another perspective for the screening. The appointments consist of thorough interviewing of the client and his/her partner/other and completion of an assessment tool. All of the data obtained, including any prior psychological or medical evaluations, will be considered, and impressions will be given to the client. After the assessment portion, all the data will be reviewed and analyzed. In the third session, we will review and discuss the findings and next steps.
This initial screening can help an individual decide on next steps in career, education and/or therapy, and whether referrals to other professionals such as a psychiatrist, learning disability specialist, or neurologist are appropriate. Clients sometimes want to share the diagnosis with their employer, so they can ask for and develop accommodations in the workplace.