Autism Assessment – Private Assessment Now Available at Swingle Clinic
Autism Assessment - Quick Facts
- Standardized Assessment(s) with a strong evidence base for the diagnosis of Autism
- ADI-R & ADI
- Conducted by trained Registered Psychologists
The long-term prognosis of people with autism is much improved with early diagnosis. This can involve a long waiting process through the public health system. Private assessment can expedite this process.
Children who receive an autism diagnosis in BC are eligible for funding which can assist with the cost of private therapies. Diagnosis also renders individuals eligible to receive additional support through the school system to help with academic learning as well as other difficulties & challenges they might experience during their important developmental years.
An autism diagnosis can be used as a basis to develop an individualized treatment plan, to guide interventions to support the person affected, as well as those who provide them care. This can include respite services. It can further help individuals and families to thrive with recognition of their unique brains.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
For diagnosed or suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), please book a telephone consultation.
About the Condition
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a well-recognized condition, which is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th Edition – Text Revision (2023). ASD covers a wide range of presentations, often first recognized in childhood but increasingly being identified in adulthood, especially in women. Previously identified as a number of different conditions, it is now understood to involve unusual ways of perceiving and processing sensory and social information, and a strong tendency to desire consistency and focus on topics of interest. Many adults who were diagnosed as children feel that their autism is an important part of their identity and experience of the world, and dislike it being pathologized by the medical and psychological professions. However, as many children with ASD benefit greatly from additional supports in school and the community, a diagnosis is often the easiest way to provide accommodations in a system that expects high levels of conformity and compliance.
Recommended Neurofeedback Treatment
The Swingle Clinic has welcomed people with autism throughout its existence, and has always provided a family-centred and psychologically safe environment. As the field of neurofeedback has developed, so have our services. We understand that it can be difficult for children with autism to cooperate with the requirements of an assessment – although many are able to successfully complete a 5 point or 19 channel assessment, some require a period of desensitization, often with the support of family and behavioural interventionists.
Protocols for the treatment of autism vary greatly; some children benefit from reduction in slower frequency patterns across the central and sensory motor cortex. In addition, we often find their central midline has elevated gamma frequencies, associated with perseverative and compulsive behaviours. Others have more dissipated patterns of brainwaves which require full brain network training. As children become habituated to the experience of being in the clinic, our staff are able to refine the treatment plan, in consultation with parents, teachers, and other members of the therapeutic team.
Additional Recommended Psychological Services
The therapeutic needs of people with ASD vary greatly, but often include behavioural intervention, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy.
We strongly recommend you consider formal diagnosis, either privately or through the public health system, if ASD is suspected. Discuss your needs and preferences with your clinician; we are able to provide assessment services if required.
Families are often affected by the significant workload involved in supporting a child with ASD, including finding and providing services, and advocating for inclusion and appropriate supports in school and the community. Parent burnout is common. We often provide additional family therapy and advocacy to ensure families’ needs are met when there is a child or children in the family with ASD.
Biofeedback for the Brain
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