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While the suggestion that they have AS may be received positively, others reject the possibility that they may have an ASD. In this case, it might be difficult for the unaffected partner to feel that progress can be made in their relationship; they may therefore need to decide on whether to stay or leave. As well, separation and divorce mediation specialists are increasingly having contact with couples where one partner is affected by a neurodevelopmental disorder such as autism.
The following reading material may be helpful: Loving Someone with Asperger's Syndrome: Understanding and Connecting with your Partner.
New Harbinger Publications Inc. The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome: The National Autistic Society. Making an Asperger Marriage Work. The Journal of Best Practices: Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going over the Edge? Autism Asperger Publishing Co. Asperger Syndrome and Long-term Relationships.
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He has worked in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, and child and adult mental health. For the last twenty years, his clinical focus has been children, youth and adults with Asperger Syndrome and the co-morbid social and mental health problems that affect them.
In her practice, her primary activity is assessment of and consultation to individuals who have ASDs. She has carried out research and given presentations related to ASDs. Below are some of the most common questions from parents of youth or adults, or from the adults themselves, when seeking an ASD diagnosis. What is the purpose of a diagnostic assessment in adulthood? The purpose of a diagnostic assessment is to provide individuals with a diagnostic label that will help them understand what is contributing to their lack of success with appropriate tasks of adulthood and will guide intervention.
A diagnosis may provide access to funds or programs e. It may also improve health e. Who is qualified to diagnose a youth or adult with ASD? Medical doctors GPs, psychiatrists and psychologists are permitted to give a formal diagnosis. Social workers, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists may provide a professional opinion about the likelihood that an individual has the disorder.
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However, this impression must be confirmed by one of the previously mentioned professionals for this to be a formal diagnosis. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find professionals who have experience diagnosing older youth and adults on the spectrum. Is a diagnostic assessment covered under OHIP?
A diagnosis provided by a medical doctor e.
The services of psychologists in community settings are covered under some employee benefits plans, but not by OHIP. These employee benefit plans may not fund the entire cost of a diagnostic assessment.
Individuals in post-secondary education receiving OSAP can apply for special financial assistance for diagnostic assessments. Sometimes it can be useful for an older adult to receive a diagnosis. If they are functioning well without a formal diagnosis, or if a diagnostic assessment would not mean any change in their self-perception, services available to them, or treatment approach used, a full assessment may not be necessary.
Should I do anything to prepare for the assessment? The assessor may want to see any previous assessments you have had, if any. As a part of the assessment, developmental milestones will be discussed. Understandably, in adulthood these may be difficult for parents or other family members to remember. It is helpful to think of these beforehand and gather any records, such as report cards.
Make a list of the characteristics, problems, or behaviours that are concerning you before the appointment.MEET MY AUTISTIC BROTHER!
As well, write out any questions that you may have for the assessor. Do I require a formal diagnosis to receive appropriate services?
Although some ASD services in Ontario require a diagnosis before you can receive clinical services from them, many do not. Begin to explore those that do not require a diagnosis. Reading the literature on ASD or attending workshops can be helpful. Finally, begin to explore strategies that may be useful in interacting with an individual with ASD for example, presenting information visually and try them out. The success or lack of success of these interventions is useful in helping better understand your needs and is important information for the diagnostic assessment.
What is involved in the assessment process? The assessment process depends on the professional completing the assessment and the individual being assessed. Some doctors may not make a diagnosis immediately and will prefer instead to gather detailed information.
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Those who are familiar with ASD may feel confident making a diagnosis after one appointment. During the interview sthe assessor will want to know the characteristics that are concerning and the adult's medical and developmental history.
Standardized tests may be a part of an assessment, especially if the diagnostician is a psychologist. Parents, family members or spouses may also be asked questions and to complete standardized questionnaires. What are the clinical issues that should be assessed in adult ASD?
When a person is referred for an ASD assessment, the assessor looks not only at the specific characteristics of the ASD, but also considers features of other alternative or concurrent disorders. Psychologists will review history and current behaviours and concerns, as well as administer a variety of measures to determine a diagnosis.
Specific concerns to be addressed in adult assessment may include: I do not usually do well in testing situations. What should I do about this? Many adults with ASD do not function optimally in a testing situation for various reasons such as anxiety, inability to focus, or sensory distractions. Tell the individual that is assessing you what your experience has been, and if there are any strategies that have helped to address this problem in the past.
A good assessment will usually contain a statement by the assessor about whether they feel the test results are representative of the individual's true abilities. Is it possible that more than one person in the family has a form of ASD? Studies are increasingly pointing to a genetic basis for ASD.
We are seeing multiple occurrences of the disorder in the same generation or across generations in families, with varying degrees of severity. Addressing this openly, as a family, may sometimes be stressful or, alternatively, bring feelings of relief and greater understanding from family members.
If you know or suspect there is a history of ASD or other similar symptoms in the family, this is useful information for the diagnostician to know. It is important to remember that eligibility for certain services may be in part determined by the specific ASD diagnosis an adult has been given.
In such cases, the label can be "fine-tuned" if needed. The person with suspected ASD already has another diagnosis. Will that diagnosis remain if they are identified with ASD? Sometimes, a label that is given before a diagnosis of an ASD addresses some of the specific problems that may be evident for example, a learning disability.
This label may however not account for the many behavioural, learning, or emotional characteristics that ASD encompasses. It is helpful to think of the individual as having the diagnosis that is most inclusive of all the symptoms that he or she presents. Therefore, if a person has a diagnosis of an ASD and has some obsessive or compulsive features, these may be subsumed under the label of the ASD rather than the person also receiving an OCD diagnosis.
If an individual has symptoms that are not fully explained by a diagnosis of ASD such as severe depression or severe anxietythese may be kept.
Yet people with autism spectrum disorders share some very important differences from other people, especially in social communication, even if their degree of impairment can range from slight to profound.
With their families and supporters, they have usually had to cope with misunderstanding and delays in recognition of their special needs. These insights and experiences should help us all to understand and support each other better. A propos the festive season, persons with ASD are often made aware of their differences most acutely at these times.
Their sensory differences, food intolerances, difficulties with interpreting social cues, and sense of being short of friends may all be factors. For some tips for relatives and hosts of holiday gatherings who might need a crash course in what to expect from their guest with autism, click on Dear Family and Friends.
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