Dr. Myszak’s and Dr. Long’s experience allows them to meet the needs of different types of clients, rather than using a “cookie-cutter” approach. They are 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. They are familiar with the concepts of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), which many families have found and identify with. Teens with PDA experience significant anxiety, which often results in meltdowns, tantrums, and other behaviors. While PDA is not currently a separate diagnosis, when described along with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, it can open the door to understanding and strategies for families and educators.
Some teenagers may need a diagnosis to justify an IEP or 504 plan in school, receive private support services, or access other programs that require medical documentation of autism. We offer a balanced approach to evaluation, to identify both the teen’s strengths and weaknesses and provide recommendations and referrals.
Dr. Myszak and Dr. Long do not work with any students or trainees, and they personally complete all of the work that goes into each psychological evaluation. They take pride in being able to help families learn about their teen and learn what they can do to help them moving forward. They want you to walk away from an evaluation with a clear understanding of your teen’s strengths and needs and knowledge of what to do next to support your teenager.
Many teen evaluations can be completed over telehealth. With others, some portions (especially parent interviews and informing appointments) can be completed over telehealth with some in-person testing. If you wondering what is possible for your situation, please reach out for more information.
Because of the variety of needs in teen evaluations, pricing varies depending on the complexity of the case and the time needed to complete all interviews, testing, report writing, and communicate information with the family. Some clients may be able to complete assessment in one session, while others may need multiple appointments. Because it is not always obvious from the beginning how much time will need to be spent on these, a deposit of $1500 is due on the day of the first appointment, and the balance for everything is due on at the final appointment, where results are communicated to the family. We quote the maximum possible cost to you ($5400), but very rarely reach this amount for an evaluation. The total cost for many evaluations ends up being between $2500 and $3500
As a psychology practice, we are deeply committed to neurodiversity affirmation and strive to create a safe and inclusive space for individuals seeking support, particularly within the autistic community. Understanding the unique challenges faced by females, LGBTQIA folks, and other high-masking individuals who identify with autism is at the core of our practice. When conducting evaluations, we take great care to ensure that these personality traits are adequately addressed and accounted for. Your experience and perspective matter to us, and our aim is to provide you with an evaluation that truly reflects your teen’s individual strengths, challenges, and needs. We look forward to supporting you and your family on their journey of self-discovery and empowerment.