Are you a teen or adult who is wondering if you might be on the spectrum?  You have come to the right place.  I have been certified in evidence-based gold standard assessment tools to evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorder (also previously known as “Asperger’s Disorder” or “High Functioning Autism”).

Are you a teen or adult woman who wonders if you have been overlooked or misdiagnosed?  Rest assured that I am familiar with how females on the autism spectrum often present differently than males, and thus are often misunderstood and under-diagnosed. I have worked with adults on the autism spectrum for over 12 years professionally, and throughout my life personally.  I also teach about Autism in adults to other mental health providers, for continuing education credits.  

Read Dr. Emily’s blog about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I have the knowledge and experience to help you sort through whether or not you might be on the spectrum and/or have other difficulties, such as Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/”ADD”), interpersonal patterns, or other factors causing your concerns.  No matter what the results are, I will help you navigate resources and get the help you need.

Click here to read more about Adults with Autism 

Your comprehensive evaluation will consist of an initial interview (approximately 1 hour long) in which I hear your concerns and ask you questions about your history.  We will then schedule a second appointment that works for your schedule.  This second appointment will be approximately 3-4 hours long, and will be individualized according to your specific needs.  Measures that might be included:

  • Cognitive measures of intellectual abilities (here, I am gathering information about how you approach different tasks, as well as knowledge about which kinds of skills are strengths, and which are more difficult for you.
  • Standardized semi-structured interviews for Autism such as the ADOS-2 and MIGDAS-2.
  • A personalized set of questionnaires, depending on your individual needs. The questionnaires will give us information about how your personality is similar and how it is different from others.  These measures will also help us determine whether your symptoms reflect Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or another diagnosis (es), as well as provide information for your treatment.
  • Collateral information from those who you give permission to share with me. Ideally, I will talk with a parent or other family member who is familiar with your developmental history.  I will ask them portions of the ADI-2, another gold-standard Autism assessment tool.  You might also want me to speak with a spouse or friend who knows you well.

After I review your results, I will discuss them with you in a detailed feedback session (approximately 1 hour long).  You will receive a comprehensive written report with detailed and concrete treatment recommendations and resources.  I will make every effort to answer all your questions, and if more questions arise later after our session, I am always happy to hear from you and talk with you more.

Looking for Resources for Autism?  Click here for sensory toys, and see additional resources, and learn more about our Autism Groups here.

What is a psychological evaluation?

  • A psychological evaluation is the collection and integration of information on an individual’s functioning, to inform treatment planning. It includes evidence-based assessment measures (interviews, questionnaires, and tests) that are carefully chosen to answer your specific questions and concerns.  It is a therapeutic intervention in that it provides in-depth data that helps you and your treatment team, because you deserve the most efficient, effective, and compassionate care.
  • During a psychological evaluation, you will meet with Dr. Emily Crawford-Thompson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, to discuss areas of your life that are puzzling or troubling to you.
  • Dr. Emily will ask you questions about you and your concerns and ask you to complete tasks and questionnaires designed to help you, and help your treatment providers provide you with the best care.
  • A psychological evaluation allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment, which saves on overall costs for mental health services.