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Autism Affirming Assessments

Self-Idenitifcation

I still believe self-identification is a social justice issue. There are not enough assessment providers + the mental health profession has weaponize insurance and the DSM against us to gatekeep our neurotype. I decided to pursue making assessments available when I learned it was within the scope of my license to assess with the MIGDAS. I also understand I am one person in a very large + punishing system.

Here is a tool to aid in self-diagnosis if you choose that route.

What to expect?

​Assessment consists of:

  • Completion of intake forms through Nebula Theraplatform

  • Completion of tests through Embrace Autism. Specifically the RAADS-R, RB-Q2A, & CAT-Q

  • MIGDAS assessment completed over 2 virtual sessions.

I will also be asking you questions about childhood development. Gathering information from your family (blood or chosen), friends, + caregivers (which includes teachers, coaches, pastors) especially those who knew you as a child can be incredibly helpful to the assessment. You can also review childhood documentation such as diaries.

The caregiver questionnaire is no longer required for diagnosis.

Affirming Assessment

I'm an Autistic Therapist who was diagnosed late in life at 34. The diagnosis included a children's book. I'm not going to use that assessment.

I'm going to strive to write an Affirming Assessment document. My goal with this document is that you can use it when you doubt yourself to affirm your identity. You may also give it to your PCP, psychiatrist, or therapist if you want to incorporate that into your care.

Cost

Good Faith Estimate for an Autism Assessment is $400 for the assessment period + $300 for the time it takes to review your documentation and take time to write an assessment.

This is $700 total. I bill folks in installments. Each virtual interview is $200 and $300 for the assessment (paying in installments). During the second appointment we set a date for the write up payment.

I have made a commitment that every quarter I will assess for sliding scale or free. Ask if I have availability and clearly tell me your budget.

LGBTQ+

This will be a queer + gender affirming assessment. You get to tell me who you are.

I've been working with the trans community for years and questioned my own gender identity especially as an Autistic person. I'm also queer/bisexual and have been part of the community since I was a teenager. I was a founding member of an LGBT center in Traverse city, Michigan.

How long does this take?

  • Appointments are available  on Wednesdays. You book an appointment or email me. I will reach out via email to confirm times and instructions.

  • You will receive forms you must complete prior to your appointment. They are lengthy. I would assume it will take you anywhere from 2-5 hours to complete this paperwork.

  • Assessment requires two sessions that are 2 hours long each, a total of 4 hours.

  • Completion of additional tests should take about an hour. These tests are: the RAADS-R, QAT-Q, and RB-Q2A.

  • It takes me 1-3 months (spoons pending) to complete an assessment which is directly emailed to you + available by the portal.

This is not covered by insurance.

Last update performed September 2023

Next available appointments

January 2024

Sliding Scale Availability

4 appointment slots are available in 2024

 

Script

The contact form in the green column has a lot of information I normally ask people to script such as your birthday & address. 

"I'm looking to be assessed for Autism." 

How did you find me? 

If you need sliding scale: 
"I need a sliding scale assessment. My budget is $[ tell me what you can afford]."

Schedule

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Schedule Your Assessment

Click here to schedule an assessment through the portal

I'm licensed to practice in Michigan & Idaho.

 

Select "Affirming Autism" for your appointment type.

I do not provide consultations as listings like Psychology Today use the term, to imply a free first meeting.

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