Assessment and Treatment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
In addition to services for children and adolescents with Asperger's or Autism Spectrum Disorder I am one of the few providers in BC with extensive experience working with young adults and adults with autism and Asperger’s Disorder / Syndrome. As a matter of fact, over the past twenty years more and more of my practice has focused on working with young adults and family,social, school or work-place issues. This includes social coaching, work-place evaluations, intervention planning and family consultations. I see numerous couples where one or both members have or suspect they have ASD. I also complete comprehensive diagnostic evaluations of adult Aspergers for ASD. These assessments are often used for disability tax credits, qualifying for different types of disability support programs, or qualifying for accommodations and support services in school, university of the workplace.
Please be aware I am unable to to provide assessment services with a good reason for the assessment. Sometimes individuals simply want to have a diagnosis because “I want to know.” Such an assessment is inappropriate. There needs to be issues, behaviours, symptoms or problems that such an assessment can likely help with. Often this is clarified by your family doctor who sends a note for referral. If you have been seen by other doctors who have provided a different diagnosis, I need to have those records available to me. These can usually be obtained simply by asking your medical provider. Most of the time I will request you see a medical doctor to rule out other plausible symptoms for your concerns.
Services for Autism and Asperger's Disorder / Syndrome
Assessment and Diagnostic Services (autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and related disorders). Assessments for Asperger's and high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cost a maximum of $2,400. Forensic assessment, those involving legal or workplace issues, are billed on an individual basis.
Workplace consultations and site-based education programs
Community-based social coaching programs for individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Disorder / Syndrome
Educational / Social coaching for young adults in the workplace, college, and similar settings
Social coaching for adults with high-functioning autism, Asperger's Disorder / Syndrome
Couples counselling for couples dealing with adult autism, adult Asperger's Disorder / Syndrome
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What is Your Background for Providing Treatment for Adults with Asperger's and High Functioning Autism?
My background for working with adults starts with my work with children and adolescents for over two decades. Understanding adult ASD symptoms requires being familiar with the developmental issues of Asperger's and high-functioning autism. I have worked as a teacher of special education, a school psychologist, a district behaviour specialist for autism and a provincial consultant for autism and related disorders providing consultation throughout the province of British Columbia.
Three other important skills and experience also come into play in working with adults with Asperger's Disorder or high-functioning autism. First, I have several years of experience working as a neuropsychological consultant with Rehab Without Walls in California which provided me with experience in working with workplace related problems. Second, many adults come to me with concerns about their relationships, including couple relations and relations as a parent. Before becoming a registered psychologist I was a licensed and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and have worked as a couple and family therapist for over 30 years. This includes advanced training in the Gottman Couple's Therapy technique. Third, one of the most commonly used individual therapy techniques when working with adults with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. I hold an advanced certificate in CBT from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. My original training in psychology was in behaviour therapy, which is often a critical knowledge base when teaching individuals specific compensatory skills.
What are some of the aims of therapy for adults with Asperger's or high functioning autism?
to teach new cognitive and behavioral skills that were never learned
to teach compensatory strategies for deficits that cannot be changed
to facilitate self-acceptance
to teach strategies to decrease or prevent symptoms of co-morbid mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders and depression
Most importantly, I try to help you discover ways to make life easier, how to reach your goals, and try to help you be as happy and fulfilled in life as you want to be.
Do you work with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and Executive Dysfunction?
ADHD is now often diagnosed along with Asperger's Disorder of High Functioning Autism. Much of my work with children, adolescents and adults focuses on ADHD and deficits of executive function. Executive function is the concept referring to the cognitive processes required to plan and direct activities, including what we refer to as task-initiation and follow-through, working memory, sustained attention, performance monitoring, inhibition of impulses, and goal-directed persistence. It also affects an individual's ability to control and modulate their emotions.
Many clients I see have deficits in executive functioning which prevents them from having the necessary skills to perform well in school, work or in social settings. With these clients we often need to make diagnostic decisions through testing and assessment, and then develop an individualized treatment plan addressing school, home and work. This might involve individual behavioural therapy, school or work consultation, referral to medical professionals, and psychoeducation.
I often provide reading material, training videos and demonstrate and practice specific intervention techniques with clients. Much of the work we do in the area of ADHD is based upon the research and treatment programs developed by Dr. Russell Barkley. Please refer to my ADHD/ADD page for more information.
What about Anxiety, Depression or Family Issues?
Adolescents and adults are seen for both diagnostic assessments and treatment of depression, anxiety and behaviour problems that might arise out of environmental or interpersonal situations. These individuals might take part in cognitive based therapy or counselling, or they might be provided with more traditional supportive therapy. Anxiety and depression are frequent co-morbid disorders for adults with Asperger's Disorder or high-functioning autism and need to be addressed in treatment.
How Do I Make an Appointment and is there a Waiting List?
You may phone my office at 604.7262651 or email me to begin setting up an appointment. I always start by meeting for an initial session to gather a developmental history, hear about your current issues, and to develop a plan of where to go from here. An assessment may or may not be the best choice, and you should fully understand what your options are before proceeding. Fees for initial and ongoing sessions are $200 per hour and may be paid by cash, check, eTransfer or through PayPal.
While at times it may be difficult to reach us, when we have appointments they are usually available within 10-14 days. If you email or call we will return your call if we have an appointment available within the next 3-4 weeks. We apologise that we cannot return all enquires. If you haven’t heard from us in a week please wait to contact us again, as it means we have no appointments available for three to four weeks. We usually return emails and phone calls on Weds, Thursday and Friday.
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