Adults

Evaluation

Our assessment services are based on current clinical protocols in hospital clinics specializing in autism spectrum disorders and according to the guidelines of the Order of Psychologists and the College of Physicians (ADOS, ADI-R, assessment intellectual and functional).

We also assess for Attention Deficit Disorder with / without Hyperactivity and for School Derogation according to the guidelines of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. 

 

Adult ASD diagnostic assessment

The protocol is indicative, the steps may vary. Refer to our professionals for details.

Steps prior to the 1st meeting

Provide a personal writing on your questions regarding this diagnostic process 

  • What makes you wonder about an ASD?
  • Describe your life line (school, home, work, relationships, etc.)
  • List your particularities = strengths, interests, difficulties, social,

Complete the screening questionnaires that we will send to you

Send everything to us by email or post before the first appointment.

1st Interview (approx. 1h30)

Meeting and informal observation of the autistic person (adult)

  • Exchange on questions
  • Explanation of the assessment procedure, service agreement and consent

2nd Interview (approx. 2 hours)

Diagnostic and clinical interview with the client

- ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and social-pragmatic evaluation (recognition of emotions, theory of mind, sensory particulars

3rd Interview (approx. 1h30)

If possible, interview with client's parents for developmental diagnostic interview

If possible, meet with someone who knows the client well: siblings, friend, spouse, etc. for a current clinical interview (in the presence or not of the client according to his wishes)

4th Interview (approx. 2 hours)

Complementary assessment: assessment of cognitive potential if this has not been done in the last 5 years, screening for associated disorders or differentials (ADHD, anxiety, etc.)

5th Psychological analysis work (4 to 5 hours)

Telephone contacts with professionals in the file (doctor, therapist, social worker, etc.) and significant persons (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) according to the client's signed authorizations

Analysis and Interpretation of Results

  • Clinical interviews
  • Questionnaires
  • Additional assessments: IQ, associated disorders
  • Writing of the report

6th Conclusions and submission of the report

Presentation of conclusions and written report

Psychological and emotional screening and assessment

Screening and Assessment of psychological and emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression, motor disorders (eg: tics), behavioral disorders, etc.

1st Interview (approx. 1h00)

Interview with the adult to define the needs

2nd Interview (approx. 1h30)

Meet with the adult to document emotional and psychological difficulties

Delivery of screening questionnaires

3rd Interview  (approx. 1h30)

Meeting with the adult for a clinical interview and the taking of standardized and informal tests related to the problem.

4th Contacts and observation (approx. 1h to 3h)

Telephone contacts with significant circles (families, employment, medical)
Observation in the environment if necessary or desired

5th  Psychological analysis work (approx. 4 hours)

Analysis and Interpretation of Results
Writing of the report

6th Conclusions and submission of the report (1h to 1h30)
Presentation of the conclusions and the written report to the parents and the teenager if over 14 years old

 

Cognitive, developmental or functional assessment

Here are the different steps available to you. Each being independent of each other, but scalable and complementary, this allows you to choose the deepening that you want to pursue in your approach. 

 1st Interview (approx. 1h30)

Interview with the adult and / or his parents to define assessment needs and to complete an adaptive behavior scale (Vineland, ABAS)

 2nd Interview (approx. 2h30 per evaluation)

Meet at the clinic for the evaluation: 

A) intellectual

B) Development

C) Functional: autonomy, social skills, communication

3rd Job psychological analysis (approx. 4 hours)

Telephone contacts with different communities (CEGEP, university, employer, stakeholders, etc.)
Observation in the environment if necessary or desired (addition of 2 hours)
Analysis and Interpretation of Results
Writing of the report

4th Conclusions and report submission (1h to 1h30)
Presentation of conclusions and report

 

Intervention

Our interventions are mainly inspired by the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA-Applied Behavior Analysis), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), structured and individualized intervention according to the TEACCH model, the communication system by exchange of 'images (PECS) and socio-emotional approaches (Early Start Denver Model, Floortime, SCERTS, etc.).

Individual or group intervention (18 years old and over)

Support to the person

  • Managing emotions
  • Anxiety and self-esteem 
  • Development of communication and social skills
  • Development of personal, domestic and community autonomy skills
  • Development of professional skills and support for adult life
  • Psychotherapy

 

Support for family and siblings

 

  • Emotions management, self-esteem (parents, siblings)
  • Development of educational programs, behavior management and daily practical application in the family and community
  • Development of skills for academic success (homework help, organizational strategies, educational support, etc.) and integration into the labor market
  • Support for the defense of rights (school, CISSS and CIUSSS, PSI, PEI, Transition Plan, etc.)
Psychosocial rehabilitation

Coaching for the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles, improvement of daily functional level, organization of daily life and interpersonal relationships

Mentoring / peer helper for parents

Support for adults during their participation in the development of an intervention plan adapted to their needs 

Vocational rehabilitation

 

Support for labor market integration

  • Acquisition of job search techniques: identification of suitable jobs, writing resumes, identifying potential employers;
  • Support for socio-professional integration.

Support for job retention

  • Support for people living with professional issues;
  • Advisory role with employers with employees with ASD;
  • Preparation for a return to work following a work stoppage.

Rehabilitation process:

  • Initial assessment (2 meetings);
  • Follow up with goal setting at each meeting.

Monitoring is based on person support, the strengthening of skills, but also aims to promote the return or development of capacities as well as intrinsic motivation to achieve realistic life goals.

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