The early childhood period of development (the ‘other’ most imperative time of brain development) can be an daunting phase for most parents alike. Parental concerns regarding whether or not their child(ren) are reaching “developmental milestones” is of natural concern.
I speak from both my professional and personal experiences of working with/’be-ing with” children in their early years. As I had my own “concerns” regarding both my children’s early development, I became fascinated with teasing out what is considered the “normal range” versus delayed development (along with numerous other psycho-social factors that can contribute to delays in development).
As such, I took my professional familiarity of early childhood development and increased my knowledge base by undergoing intensive training on assessment procedures for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). I am trained to administer the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd edition) and the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised) to aid in my clinical abilities to rule in/out ASD.
I speak to the childhood developmental years as a time where ASD is often suspected, but queries regarding this disorder can become an area of concern in one’s latter years of life as well. Difficulties in the areas of emotional/social development may become more apparent as one gets older (e.g., teenage years/young adult years) as relationships with others become more complex.
be. Psychological Services offers ASD assessments for older individuals as well. I am also happy to provide consultations and work with families and/or individuals who may be querying ASD. For more information, please refer to the “Common Questions” section of my website for further details regarding ASD assessments (e.g. time and cost involved) or connect with me directly. I welcome your inquiries.
“If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”