A Supportive Therapist

Informal Autism Screening

Christine has an impeccable record in identifying autistic children.  Every child who she has recommended for autism assessment had received a positive diagnose of autism spectrum disorder.   She can identify subtle early signs, hard-to-spot cases, and masking behaviours. 

Although Christine is not licensed to diagnose, she provides valuable information to parents to help them decide or advocate for formal autism assessments.

In British Columbia, autistic children are systematically underdiagnosed and miss the opportunity and resources for support and therapy.  Referring physicians and parents often do not have up-to-date and correct knowledge to identity non-classic profiles of autism.  First Nation children are systematically profiled for FASD instead of ASD.   Without proper understanding, accommodation, and support, autistic children experience a lack of competence, reduced social and academic performance, trauma, and poor outcome in adulthood.

This cost-reduced service stems from the philosophy and methods based on Family Navigation, serving as the disconnect between discovery and delivery of medical care for autistic children and adults.   This is a part of the advocacy effort to get every child the help they need to thrive and be successful in a timely manner.  This is also a built-in service for all children receiving counselling with Christine.  As a policy, every child is screened before beginning counselling.  Now, Christine is offering autism screening as a stand-alone service.

 

This screening involves 45-minute parent consultation and 1-hour play-based testing.  If further assessment is warranted, Christine will also write-up an advocacy letter detailing the observations, information on how to navigate the medical system efficiently, and a list of suitable referrals.  This screening is significantly more advanced and thorough than ones provided by many family physicians, pediatricians, and other service providers without this specific type of knowledge, training, and experience in the field.

Cost:

2-12 years old

15-minute Initial Consultation  Free

Parent consultation + Screening  $280

Report Writing: $100

13+ years old

15-minute Initial Consultation  Free

Parent consultation + Screening  $350

Report Writing: $150

This can be claimed as a counselling service with many extended health plans.

Sliding scale fees are available and no one is turned away at the lack of funds.

This service is suitable for parents:

  • Wishing for more information about their child's development 

  • Wanting to rule-in or rule-out autism concerning their children's behavioural difficulties.

  • Deciding if they should proceed with the very expensive private autism assessment 

  • Needing help advocating for autism assessment with their family physicians or pediatricians.

  • With children who were under-diagnosed by BCCAN or CDBC.

This is like a dentist check-up.  Do not wait until there are mental health issues or disruptive behaviours.  Children under 6 years of age receive $22,000 per year for therapies through BC Autism Funding Unit. Children over 6 receive $6000 per year and additional support at schools. Time is literally money.