Autism Diagnostic Assessments

Providing Neurodivergent-affirming, low stress, diagnostic assessments for Autism, ADHD, and other comorbid mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder) based on the DSM-5-TR, from children aged 2 to adulthood.

If you have specific questions for your unique situation – please feel free to contact me.

Autism Diagnostic Assessments

Providing Neurodivergent-affirming, low stress, diagnostic assessments for Autism, ADHD, and other comorbid mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder) based on the DSM-5-TR, from children aged 2 to adulthood.

If you have specific questions for your unique situation – please feel free to contact me.

At Autism 360 Support we prioritize making the diagnosis process as low stress and comfortable as possible. In this video, Judy, who was diagnosed with autism and ADHD in her 60’s, graciously allowed us to share the beginning and end of her diagnostic session so you can get a sense of how conversational and comfortable our assessment process is.

At Autism 360 Support we prioritize making the diagnosis process as low stress and comfortable as possible. In this video, Judy, who was diagnosed with autism and ADHD in her 60’s, graciously allowed us to share the beginning and end of her diagnostic session so you can get a sense of how conversational and comfortable our assessment process is.

“I was very anxious leading up to the assessment, but Jen was amazing at making me feel very welcome and reassured. Her calming and relaxed nature during the assessment quickly made me feel more at ease. It felt like I was just chatting through my experiences, and it didn’t feel intense or overwhelming at all.”

“I was very anxious leading up to the assessment, but Jen was amazing at making me feel very welcome and reassured. Her calming and relaxed nature during the assessment quickly made me feel more at ease. It felt like I was just chatting through my experiences, and it didn’t feel intense or overwhelming at all.”

Melanie Phipps

Why Have a Diagnostic Autism Assessment as an Adult

Do you believe you are most likely autistic, but would really like to have your belief validated?

Have you grown up learning to not trust yourself because you didn’t fit in with the mainstream culture? And you masked who you really are so as not to stand out?

This is a common experience when you weren’t diagnosed as a child.

Having a diagnosis from a neuro-affirming professional who understands the different presentations of autism can change your life.

You’ll begin to understand that there is nothing “wrong” with you. That you are beautifully neurodivergent.

Taking the step to get diagnosed can be one of the best things you can do for yourself!

Our virtual diagnoses are conducted in a relaxed manner aimed at providing as stress-free an experience as possible. At the end of the session, you’ll be given recommendations for next steps to guide you on your journey forward.

Specialist Diagnosis for Women and Girls

Autistic girls and women have been significantly underdiagnosed. Recent studies indicate that 80% of autistic women are not yet diagnosed by the age of 18!

Growing up undiagnosed results in many emotional complications and is often traumatic to the misunderstood child.

Correctly identifying an autism diagnosis for girls will change the trajectory of her life toward understanding and celebrating her neurodiversity.

Understanding that you are autistic as an adult validates what you have always sensed about yourself, and why you felt that you didn’t fit in.

Our specialist diagnostic approach involves a deep understanding of the diverse presentation of autism in women and girls. We prioritize a comprehensive evaluation, including social communication nuances, varying sensory sensitivities, and identifying masking.

Jen is a highly experienced professional who creates a safe, affirming space, and ensures a thorough exploration of your neurodivergent traits.

This specialist assessment includes 2 follow-up one-to-one coaching sessions to help you integrate and understand the results, process your emotions, and begin to explore your identity as an autistic person.

A correct diagnosis opens doors to targeted interventions and support, empowering you to navigate life authentically. Choose clarity, understanding, and a personalized journey toward embracing your neurodiversity.

Are You Looking for Clarity About Your Child’s Diagnosis?

Do you believe something is going on with your child, but everyone, including professionals tell you they’re fine and they’ll “grow out of it”?

Some children can be difficult to diagnosis because they learn to mask/hide their autistic traits  like stimming or little eye contact. Sadly, some professionals don’t know how to look for the full range of autistic traits. And some don’t understand the presentation can be different in autistic girls.

Let us help you with our neuro-affirming psychotherapist who understands and knows how to dig deep to determine neurodiverse traits that can be behind the mask, including traits that are unrecognizable at school.

Do you believe something is going on with your child, but everyone, including professionals tell you they’re fine and they’ll “grow out of it”?

Some children can be difficult to diagnosis because they learn to mask/hide their autistic traits  like stimming or little eye contact. Sadly, some professionals don’t know how to look for the full range of autistic traits. And some don’t understand the presentation can be different in autistic girls.

Let us help you with our neuro-affirming psychotherapist who understands and knows how to dig deep to determine neurodiverse traits that can be behind the mask, including traits that are unrecognizable at school.

Our virtual diagnoses are conducted in a relaxed manner aimed at providing as stress-free an experience as possible. At the end of the session, you’ll be given recommendations for next steps to guide you on your journey forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to frequently asked questions, to help put you at ease regarding the diagnostic process. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me. 

It is never too late. Being self-identified or officially diagnosed is very beneficial. It can help correct any misdiagnoses, understand why you experience certain difficulties and what you can do about them.

It is often a sense of great relief. Many say their whole life made sense following their diagnosis and understand why they have felt that they never “fit in”. It’s also step toward positive outcomes such as accessing resources,
understanding your own strengths, and building connections with other autistic people. For parents, being proactive, making sure your child’s needs are met based on their neurodivergence, and helping them understand themselves is essential.

Many autistic people have had very negative experiences with trying to get a diagnosis and with health care in general. Jen understands these stress’s and provides a safe and comfortable environment in a neuro-affirming manner. She understands that each person is the expert of their own experiences. However, you will be asked detailed information from your past which can be difficult for some people. If that is the case, some written information can be submitted in advance. You can be assured that the interview will be conducted with compassion, keeping emotional safety in mind.

The virtual session usually takes 2 hours that includes Jen’s diagnostic impressions and recommendations.

It’s a collaborative interview with Jen that feels more like a conversation. You will be asked a variety of questions about your past and present. For parents you may be asked to complete a questionnaire and to arrange a virtual observation.

No. There are circumstances where mental health issues are very complex and either further sessions or referral to another professional, such as a neuropsychologist, will be recommended. There is no guarantee of a diagnosis in such situations, but you will have a clearer understanding and a path forward. No refund will be provided in these situations.

The ability to determine diagnoses relies upon the accuracy of the information presented. For adults, having a parent or close family member to provide their observations can significantly aid in the diagnosing process but may not be necessary. Also information on your early development and childhood will help in the accuracy of a diagnosis. More complex mental health issues can make a clear diagnosis difficult and may require additional time or a referral to another professional, such as a neuropsychologist.

Jen will discuss her recommendations with you. Within 2 weeks or when all payments are made, you will receive an email documenting the diagnosis/diagnoses, common traits, and “symptoms” that meet the diagnostic criteria, or why the diagnostic criteria were not met. If you need an accommodation letter, discuss this with Jen. It may require an additional fee.

Insurance is not accepted, but you can request a superbill to provide to your insurance company (California residents only). Check with your insurance company to ensure that you will be reimbursed.

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