Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Why is it important to know if you are on the autism spectrum?

A: People with ASD often say that it helps them to know why they have spent years feeling “different” from other people. Families report that they are relieved to better understand the person as well. The choice of treatments may be affected, and other problems may be reinterpreted in light of an Autism diagnosis.

Q: How can I tell if I or my family member has Autism?

A: Although a simple checklist of symptoms might suggest that a person has Autism, a careful evaluation by an expert in this area is needed to determine this with certainty. A thorough investigation of the person’s history and current behavior is needed, including psychological testing to identify other disorders that could also be present.

Q: Do you offer medication management?

A: Many people with Autism can be helped effectively by medications to reduce the symptoms of problems such as anxiety, depression, aggression and executive functioning difficulties.  While not every person with Autism needs medication, for those who do, finding child and adult psychiatrists who understand their needs can be difficult.  Our clinic ensures that appropriate referrals are made so that clients are cared for by an interdisciplinary team of professionals who can collaborate on their care.

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