Autism Awareness Month
Maybe you are suspecting an autism diagnosis in yourself or someone you love?
Beverly Henkel, PsyD, LPA, is one of two providers at Carolina Psychological who can provide testing for an autism diagnosis. Continue reading to learn more about her work with autism and some other important information.
How often do you see an autism spectrum diagnosis during your work with clients?
Autism spectrum testing is the most common referral question I receive for completing evaluations of all ages – children, adolescents, and adults!
What are some things to keep in mind if individuals are suspecting an autism diagnosis in their child or themselves?
Some things to keep in mind, for both adults and parents of children who suspect autism, are any sensory issues, social difficulties, or repetitive behaviors with heightened emotions (think anxious, happy, angry). Hand flapping is often the most thought of repetitive behavior when talking about autism but is certainly not the only one. These behaviors can also be related to other diagnoses as well, so if there is any concern, an evaluation is always helpful in determining the most appropriate diagnosis to help inform treatment.
What do you recommend for individuals who are not currently in therapy, but suspect they have an autism spectrum disorder?
As mentioned above, an evaluation is the most helpful tool to find an appropriate diagnosis. However, if you are not currently in therapy, finding a therapist is a great place to start. You can begin creating a relationship with a therapist, address current concerns, and after an evaluation, they can begin working through a more specific treatment plan with you.
What is a good resource for individuals wanting to learn more about autism?
A great resource to learn more about autism is the Autism Society of North Carolina: http://www.autismsociety-nc.org/
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