Adult Basic Diagnostic Assessments
Many adults have spent their lives feeling as though they were "different". Over the years, you may have been misdiagnosed with other conditions or had your concerns dismissed by professionals who told you that you did not seem autistic.
Commonly, the diagnosis of a child or loved one can bring about awareness of personal experiences within your own life. Finally, maybe you really don't know why intimate partnerships, work relationships or other aspects of your life are so difficult.
Receiving a diagnosis can help the pieces of your life fall into place. Therefore, we will explore experiences over the course of your lifetime and may request permission to speak with family members or people who have known you at earlier stages of your development.
How We Can Help
Cognitive and Academic Skills
Mental Health Functioning
Social Skills / Social Cognition and Pragmatic Language
Clinical Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder
At the Family Guidance and Therapy Center we offer a wide range of adult specific services including diagnosis/testing, individual counseling, group therapy, neurodiverse relationship counseling, and our therapists have worked closely with neurodiverse adults and understand the struggles you face. Diagnosis can be the first step to understanding your own neurology so that you can show up in this world as your best self.
How Does It Work?
You will participate in a detailed discussion with our experienced psychologist about your experiences in the domains of social interaction, communication, sensory processing, special areas of interest, and rituals or stereotyped behavior.
Many adults on the autism spectrum become skillful at camouflaging or compensating for their challenges. Therefore, we will explore experiences over the course of your lifetime and request permission to speak with family members or people who have known you at earlier stages of your development. We use standardized interviews and questionnaires to gather information. We will also directly evaluate your cognitive, social cognitive, interpersonal, language, and mental health functioning.
How Long Does it Take?
Direct assessment can usually be completed in one day (4 - 6 hours).
How Much Does it Cost?
If you have health insurance, there is a possibility that all or part of your psych testing is covered.
* Every diagnostic test is specifically tailored to the person, funding source, and needs of the individual. Please be advised that if there are additional questions beyond ASD (e.g. ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Neuropsych Testing) that need to be answered, additional testing may be required which will add to the cost. These are the flat rates for Autism Diagnostic Assessments. Any additional costs will be discussed with parents/clients first. Due to Covid-19, procedures may differ from what is detailed on the website. Please give us a call and we can customize a plan that will meet your needs.
It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible for you, especially when it comes to paying for an assessment. We are prepared to accept insurance for all evaluations and will work with your insurance provider to help you qualify. We are in-network with several health insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, BlueShield of CA. This is list is growing every day
We can also check your benefits for out of network costs. If you decide to use your out of network benefits, we will bill your insurance for you. No superbills or waiting on reimbursements.
Adult Diagnostic Assessments Ages 16+
Direct Assessment Psychologist (5 hours)
- Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum, Second Edition (MIDGAS-2): Diagnostic Interview for Adults with Verbal Fluency
Provides evaluators with an efficient method of systematically gathering and organizing the information needed to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, adolescents, and adults.
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2, Module 4)
This semi-structured assessment can be used to evaluate almost anyone suspected of having autism—from toddlers to adults, from children with no speech to adults who are verbally fluent. The ADOS consists of various activities that allow you to observe social and communication behaviors related to the diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorders. These activities provide interesting, standard contexts in which interaction can occur.
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Fourth Edition (WAIS – IV)
The WAIS®-IV is intended for use with adults ages 16 to 90. The assessment measures cognitive ability using a core battery of 10 unique subtests that focus on four specific domains of intelligence: verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed.
- Social Cognition
Social Cognition includes tests for abilities such as facial recognition, name-face association, prosody, and theory of mind that are important aspects of social functioning.
Direct Assessment Speech-Language Therapist (15 minutes)
- Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, 5th Edition Screening Test
For examinees between the ages of 18 - 22, screens for language abilities, including morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
Questionnaires (1.5 hours):
You (and/or someone familiar with you) will be asked to complete four questionnaires about you (estimated time 60 - 90 minutes) and bring them with you to your evaluation
- Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition (ABAS-3, Adult Form) Provides a complete assessment of adaptive skills across the lifespan.
- Social Responsiveness Scale™, Second Edition (SRS-2) Identifies the presence and severity of social impairment within the autism spectrum and differentiates it from that which occurs in other disorders.
- Adolescent / Adult Sensory Profile
The Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile includes 60 items (15 items for each quadrant). These quadrants cover the sensory processing categories of Taste/Smell, Movement, Visual, Touch, Activity Level, and Auditory.
- Symptom Checklist - 90 – Revised (SCL-90-R)
The Symptom Checklist - 90 - Revised instrument is a self-report questionnaire that helps evaluate a broad range of psychological problems and symptoms