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    The assessment process for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is conducted via telehealth on our Client Portal, and includes 3 sessions. Before starting, Meagan will have some paperwork for you to fill out to get started. Once that’s complete, she will schedule your 3 assessment dates. It’s important to get all 3 dates on the calendar to save your space, even if you decide not to go forward. They can be canceled later if you change your mind.

    You may have someone with you in the room if it makes you more comfortable, or a pet, blanket, pillow, beverage, squishmallow, fidget objects, anything that will help you to feel comfortable.

    The first session starts with a brief screener with Yes/No questions designed to help determine if autism assessment is recommended for you. You may also ask your assessor any questions. If the screener indicates that it is unlikely that a full assessment would identify autism, or if you change your mind about going forward with the assessment for any reason, you will have the option to stop, your next two appointments will be canceled, and you will owe nothing. Even if the brief screener does not support full assessment, if you still want to be tested we will go forward. Another questionnaire will be administered before ending the first session.

    The second and third sessions include questionnaires that are either YES/NO (TRUE/FALSE) or looking for a number from 1 to 4 to indicate how true each statement is for you.

    Some people aren’t big on conversation, and they are happy just to answer simply with Yes, No, True, False, or the appropriate number from 1 to 4. That’s fine. Even if you prefer not to go into detail, the assessment measures are designed to get to your truth, whether or not you talk at length about your answers.

    Some people prefer to talk a lot about each item, ask questions, and/or explain their answers with examples. This is fine, too. Your assessor will appreciate getting to know you better.

    Whatever your communication style, we will be able to answer your questions about whether or not you’re autistic.

    The third and final session has two fairly brief questionnaires to tie up all the loose ends needed for a diagnosis, including one about masking. During this session your diagnostician will share the results of the assessment and your diagnosis, and you may ask any questions.

    Within 2 days you will receive a diagnostic letter, and within approximately 4 weeks you will receive a comprehensive written report, each uploaded as a pdf onto the Client Portal.

    An assessment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be conducted as an add-on to an ASD assessment, or as a stand-alone assessment.

    When added to an ASD assessment, an additional session is required, with one form to complete in advance and others to be administered during the third of four telehealth sessions.

    An ADHD-only assessment requires one session, and a diagnosis will be made by the end of the session.

    While we do need to document that the characteristics or symptoms were present during the developmental period, we do not require parent input in order to make this determination. We work with adults who remember enough of their own childhood to provide sufficient developmental information. However, if you feel that additional input from a parent, sibling, or other who knew you well during your childhood, you may request the optional MAC:ASDA-OI (Marsh Assessment Collection: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults - Other Input.) We will upload it to the Client Portal for you to share with your parent, friend or family at your request.

    We accept major credit cards or checks. Checks must be received and cleared prior to the assessment. Credit cards will be charged immediately after each session.

    We are a self-pay practice; we do not accept or bill any insurance.

    Payments are spread out across the sessions. If you need to save money up, you may schedule a longer time between sessions, as you prefer.

    We do not have a sliding scale.

    If you are unable to attend a session, please contact us to cancel as soon as you know, preferably at least 24 hours beforehand. We save this time slot for you, and your assessor will be there ready to see you for your assessment. If you do not attend or cancel in advance, we will not charge a cancellation fee. You’re probably already having a bad day, and being charged an additional fee will not help. If you miss your assessment session, contact us and we will reschedule for you. However, you will be scheduled after all existing appointments, resulting in a longer wait until your diagnosis is complete.

    Please contact us for any additional questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!