A.S.D. – Asperger’s Syndrome Screening
Sometimes, individuals hear and read about Autism Spectrum Disorders or “Asperger’s Syndrome” and begin to think they may be “on the spectrum”. Perhaps they take an online test that comes up with a high score. Getting a diagnosis often brings great relief, as they can then learn more about their neurological functioning, obtain social support and treatment, get help in their relationships and with the anxiety and depression that often accompanies A.S.D, and learn ways to overcome their challenges.
An Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening consists of two seventy-five minute appointments. 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 or 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. 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.
Partners of those on the spectrum often want to meet and get help from a therapist who understands autism, and has worked with partners of “Aspies” for 15+ years. It can be very unsatisfying for them to try to get help from their friends and confidants if they are not familiar with autism and don’t really understand what’s going on for the couple. When both members understand that the other is doing the best they can, and that the problem is that their brains work differently in some ways, they can begin to love each other again and find their way to a better relationship.