Adult Autism and ADHD Testing in Oregon
Have you ever felt that you had a different kind of brain than most people? Maybe you have always felt out of step with the rest of the crowd. Perhaps your communication style is unique, and other people don’t get you. It may be that your amazing brain takes you on whirlwind tours of the rabbit holes of the world, and you are carried along with no steering wheel. Or maybe you have a body that must stay in motion and you can’t convince yourself to just be still.
Believe me, you’re not alone. Many people in Oregon and elsewhere have similar experiences. For a good number of them, getting assessed for autism and/or ADHD was exactly what they needed.
Autism Testing for Adults in Oregon
If you live in Oregon and you think you might be autistic, we can help. At Adult Autism Assessment & Services, we’re neurodiversity-affirming. In other words, we don’t think there’s anything “wrong” with you if your brain or your way of looking at the world is on your own wavelength and you don’t march in lockstep with the rest of the world.
Unique ways of thinking are important to our advancement as a species, so we value neuro-diversity. But if your differences are making it hard for you to fit in with the neuromajority, and you wonder if you might be autistic, we can help. We provide autism testing for adults living anywhere in Oregon and across the United States. Because we are a 100% telehealth practice, it doesn’t matter where you live, anywhere from Astoria to Ashland. We can help you get the answers you need and deserve.
What to Expect from Adult Autism Assessment in Oregon
There are several steps to getting an autism assessment with us:
Before The Autism Spectrum Testing
INVITATION. Complete the Client Information form she’ll send you and sign the Consultation Invitation. You’ll be offered a free, online consultation, at a day and time that works for you, with one of our team members who can diagnose autism.
CONSULTATION. At your consultation, you’ll have up to 30 minutes to hear from them about the autism assessment process, ask your questions and get answers, and start to get to know the person who can work with you on your autism assessment.
SCHEDULE. If you choose to go forward with the assessment, Meagan will give you a few more forms to fill out, and then she’ll schedule 3 assessment appointments with you.
The Screening Part of Autism Spectrum Testing
At the first assessment session, you’ll complete a brief Yes/No screener in an interview with your assessor. If the screener looks like it’s probably not autism, you’ll be given the chance to end the whole process right there and owe us nothing. Otherwise, you’ll go on to answer another set of questions that day. The session might take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on whether you answer the questions briefly, or provide extra information. Either way is fine with us, you are in control of how much or how little you talk, as long as you answer the yes/no questions. We’ll let you know every step of the way if it looks like you’re on track for a diagnosis, and that you made the right choice in seeking out autism assessment.
The Second Session of Autism Spectrum Testing
At your second assessment session, there are two more Yes/No assessment tools to complete with your assessor. Whether you say nothing but “Yes” and “No,” or whether you go on to describe why you gave that answer in great detail, it’s fine. We can get the information we need either way, but if you’re comfortable talking a lot about each one, we are here to listen. This session might last about an hour. At the end of this session, we’ll let you know again if you’re still on the path toward diagnosis. If not, we’ll talk about it.
Your Final Session of Autism Spectrum Testing in Oregon
At the third assessment session, there are two more questionnaires to complete, to give us the final answers to confirm the diagnosis. This might be the shortest session, so there will be time for questions and discussion. At the end of this session, we will tell you whether or not you are autistic. Since we keep you in the loop all along the way, it should be no surprise.
The Steps After Autism Spectrum Testing
DIAGNOSTIC LETTER: Within 48 hours we will upload a brief Diagnostic Letter onto the Client Portal for you.
DIAGNOSTIC REPORT: Several weeks after that, we will upload the full written report, detailing why and how we came to the determination and diagnosis.
AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: You will be enrolled in a free email course, Autism: After Diagnosis (AUT:AD) created for you by our CEO, Wendela Whitcomb Marsh. A couple of times a week you’ll get an email. These will take you through what the diagnosis means, and the characteristics or features of autism, along with strategies for navigating the neuro-majority world as a neuro-divergent person.
STAY IN TOUCH: If you have any questions about your diagnosis, you are invited to email your assessor to get answers.
Benefits of a Late Diagnosis of Autism
Understand Your Social Self. Knowing that you are autistic means you’re not socially broken, you just have different social needs and comfort levels as compared to the neuro-majority. You can allow yourself to say “No” to the social events that would be too hard on you, and when you choose to attend social activities, schedule planned recovery afterward.
Understand Your Sensory Needs. You’re not weaker than people who take sensory experiences in stride; your system receives sensory input at a heightened level, so you deserve the right to accommodate your sensory sensitivities.
Understand Your Communication Style. It’s not that you’re a poor communicator, it’s just that your communication style is different from the neuro-majority. The burden should not be 100% on you if there is a social miscommunication, because every misunderstanding has two sides. Knowing you’re autistic can free you to advocate for understanding and acceptance of your unique communication style.
How to Get Tested for Autism in Oregon
Wherever you live in the state of Ducks and Beavers, from Port Orford to Pendleton, we have a professional on our team who is ready to work with you today. We don’t have a waiting list at Adult Autism Assessment & Services. When you’re ready to go forward with your autism assessment, we’re ready to get it on the calendar. Email [email protected].
ADHD Testing for Adults in Oregon
If you’re an Oregonian and you suspect you might have ADHD, we’re here to help. Here at Adult Autism Assessment & Services, our therapists and assessors are specialists in ADHD testing as well as autism. And being neurodiversity-affirming means we’ll never shame you for your ADHD characteristics.
Having a brain that is so interested in everything that it’s difficult to rein it in to focus on just one thing can be a feature, not a bug. Would it be helpful for you to have a formal diagnosis of ADHD? You can come to us for ADHD testing for adults living across the Beaver State, or anywhere else in the United States. All of our services are provided online via telehealth. You can be in your own home, taking a walk, or fidgeting with objects, throughout your assessment. We want you to be comfortable. Wherever you are, from the Idaho state border to the Pacific Ocean, we’re here to help you get answers about whether or not you’re an ADHDer.
What to Expect from ADHD Testing with Us in Oregon
The steps to getting an ADHD assessment are very similar to the autism assessment:
Before the ADHD Testing
INVITATION. If you haven’t already done so for an autism assessment, you will complete the Client Information form and sign the Consultation Invitation and Meagan will get your consultation on the calendar.
CONSULTATION. At your consultation, you’ll have up to 30 minutes to ask your questions about ADHD testing, and get to know each other.
SCHEDULE. If you decide on an ADHD assessment, Meagan will give you a few more forms to fill out, and then she’ll schedule 1 assessment appointment for you.
The ADHD Testing Session
Because ADHD is a less complex condition as compared to autism, we can complete the assessment in one session, and it will probably take an hour. There will be three assessment tools used in this session. One will be to ask you about your childhood experiences related to ADHD. The second one is a standardized test of ADHD in adults, and there will be one more yes/no questionnaire specific to adult presentation. At the end of the session, your professional will most likely be able to tell you whether or not you have ADHD, and they may or may not be able to tell you which type of ADHD you have.
What You Can Expect After ADHD Testing in Oregon
DIAGNOSTIC LETTER. Within 48 hours we’ll upload your brief Diagnostic Letter onto the Client Portal. This letter will specify whether you have the Inattentive type, Impulsive-Hyperactive type, or the Combined type.
DIAGNOSTIC REPORT. A few weeks after your letter, your written report will be uploaded onto the, demonstrating exactly why and how your diagnosis was made.
AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS. You will be enrolled in a free email course, ADHD: After Diagnosis (ADHD:AD) created for you by Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, CEO of Adult Autism Assessment & Services. A couple of times a week you’ll get another email, taking you through what your diagnosis means, and the characteristics or features of the different types of ADHD, along with tips for succeeding in the neuro-majority world as an ADHDer.
STAY IN TOUCH. Any questions about your diagnosis? You’re welcome to email your assessor to get the answers you need.
Benefits of a Late Diagnosis of ADHD
Understand Your Attention. If you thought that the way your brain bounces around from one topic to another was a sign of weakness, now you know it’s perfectly normal for an ADHDer, it’s just the way your brain works. Everything is interesting!
Understand Your Impulsivity. If you thought that acting impulsively was a sign of poor self-control, now you know it’s just the way your brain responds to new ideas. There’s so much to see and do!
Understand Your Hyperactivity. If you thought that your high activity level was a sign of immaturity, now you know that your brain functions better when you are moving. Play to your strength!
How to Get ADHD Testing in Oregon
Anywhere you live in the state of 7,000 bridges, we have a team member who’s standing by to work with you. There’s no waiting list, when you’re ready to get answers, we’re ready to help. Email [email protected]
Sensory Processing Assessment
Sensory Processing Disorder is not an official diagnosis in the DSM-5-TR. However, many people experience challenges to their ability to understand and process information from their senses. You may be seeking sensory information, avoiding sensory overload, or have trouble understanding sensory input. Many people with sensory challenges find that an autism assessment gives them the information they need. If you don’t believe that you’re autistic and you want a sensory processing assessment, this is a one-session assessment similar to the ADHD assessment. If this might be right for you, email [email protected] For a free consultation.
Other Services at Adult Autism Assessment
Do you want more than just autism spectrum and ADHD testing in Oregon? We also offer online therapy in Oregon, choose your own life coaching adventure, time management coaching, and dating coaching. All of which are neurodivergent-affirming.
Not in Oregon? That’s okay we offer services throughout the United States!