Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder cannot wait. Early intervention and targeted therapy can lead to tremendous gains for children with autism; however, for insurance companies to cover services such as ABA, children typically need a diagnosis of Autism. if you are paying privately for ABA services, an autism evaluation which will allow these services to be covered by insurance will be well worth the investment.
Autism has become much more well-known and better identified in children over the years, but there are many adults whose families and educators were unaware of this diagnosis when they were children. After years of feeling that something was different, many adults come to learn about autism after meeting friends who are familiar with ASD or having a relative diagnosed. Getting a good adult autism evaluation can be tricky for several reasons, but it can be really important for people to help them understand themselves and be able to better navigate the social world.
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For many families, a psychological evaluation is a new experience and they may have many questions about the evaluation and their child’s prognosis. For other families, especially those who have been on this path for some time, they may have a good idea of what to expect and just need an evaluation to check a box for their insurance company. They may not need to spend extra time on extensive interpretation or discussion. I am happy to accommodate what is right for your family.
Dr. Myszak is comfortable assessing children as young as 16 months for early signs of autism up through adults of any age. Her experience allows her to meet the needs of different types of clients, rather than using a “cookie-cutter” approach. Adult clients who are seeking a diagnosis later in life may not need a full evaluation, but may benefit from consultation to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Myszak is aware of the different ways that autism can present in girls and women, and some of the testing and interviews with females focuses on their experience of “camouflaging” their symptoms and their internal experiences involving socialization. She is familiar with the concepts of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), which many families have found and identify with.