Adult Autism Assessments and Intervention

Thriving Minds Psychology is based in Maroochydore, the heart of the Sunshine Coast. We provide assessment and intervention for Adults with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) . We have a team of qualified professionals with postgraduate qualifications who can help adults who are showing signs of ASD.

Discover Adult Autism Assessment and Intervention on the Sunshine Coast

Are you feeling different and finding it hard to connect with others? Do you have a persistent sense of uniqueness or perhaps see similarities in your child diagnosed with Autism? Our Adult Autism Assessment and Intervention can provide the insights and support you need.

About Adult Autism:

Adult Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental condition impacting social interaction, communication, and behaviour. While commonly associated with childhood, Autism evolves rather than fades with age.

In Australia, Autism often goes under-recognized and undertreated, with nearly 50% of individuals receiving a diagnosis only in adulthood. Late discovery and diagnosis can bring relief and grief, offering an opportunity for self-understanding, insight, and acceptance.

Common Adult Autism Challenges:

  • Social Navigation: Challenges in interpreting social cues and nuances.
  • Communication Barriers: Difficulties in articulating thoughts and grasping abstract language.
  • Routine Dependency: Dependence on routines, experiencing distress when they are disrupted.
  • Sensory Sensitivities: Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli, resulting in discomfort or overload.
  • Hyperfocus: Intense absorption in specific interests or tasks.
  • Emotional Regulation: Struggles in managing and expressing emotions.
  • Transitions and Change: Difficulty adapting to new situations and changes.
  • Varied Manifestations: ASD manifests uniquely in each individual, with varying degrees of impact.

Unlike childhood presentations, adults often mask their difficulties with coping mechanisms, presenting a confident exterior that conceals inner challenges. However, beneath this exterior lies a world of challenges, akin to “navigating a social landscape in a foreign language.

Personal Stories

Listen to those who discovered their Autism diagnosis as adults:

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“Understanding my Autism was like fitting together the puzzle pieces of my life.”

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“It was a revelation. It explained so much and allowed me to reshape my world.”

The Adult Autism or ASD Assessment Process:

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Step 1: The Referral

In the first instance, if you are worried about any aspect of your functioning, development or mental health, we recommend you start by discussing your concerns with your General Practitioner. Your GP is your primary health provider, and it is always beneficial to have your GP involved in your health concerns. However, a GP referral is NOT required to commence your assessment of Adult Autism.

Step 2: Contact Us

Contact our friendly team on 07 5408 8788 or contact us via our online form here. Our team will provide you with a detailed explanation of the assessment process and provide estimated costs and time frames.

Step 3: Intake Session

Following best practice guidelines, all of our adult Autism assessments start with an intake session. In this session, the psychologist will ask you questions about your concerns, abilities, strengths, difficulties, challenges and developmental history. (30 min)
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Step 4: Assessment

Psychometric testing using validated psychometric tools designed to assess adult Autism. You will receive Assessment Questionnaires in online format which can be completed in the comfort of your own home.
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Step 5: Clinical Interview

You will participate in the assessment session(s) with your psychologist. The assessments take place in a comfortable setting, utilising standardised tools tailored to your needs.
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Step 6: The Deep Dive

Your psychologist will then take a deep dive, spending many hours reviewing your intake and assessment sessions thoroughly and completely. They will then formulate your written report, recommendations and feedback session.

Step 7: Feedback & Report

A feedback session will be scheduled approximately 3-4 weeks after completion of the assessment. In this session, your psychologist will provide you with a written report and verbal explanation of the assessment results and recommendations.

Why Choose Thriving Minds for Your Autism Assessment?

Thoroughness matters; assessments, often non-repeatable for years, require extensive time and planning. Psychologists at Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic dedicate numerous hours in each step, including intake, assessment, feedback sessions, information gathering, result interpretation, and report writing.

Led by our Director, internationally trained and accredited in the UK, US, and Australia, we are unwavering in our commitment to delivering assessments aligned with the highest international standards. Your investment is not just a financial commitment; it’s a meaningful contribution to your well-being and collaboration with your treating team.

Our pride is rooted in crafting comprehensive reports presented in simple language. We leverage sound assessment tools to ensure accuracy and reliability, all while emphasising practical recommendations for immediate improvements in your life and overall functioning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a GP Referral?

You don’t need a GP referral for an assessment. However, we do recommend discussing any concerns you have about yourself or your child’s health or functioning with your GP as it is always helpful to have your GP involved in your health concerns.

Do I need a GP Referral?

You don’t need a GP referral for an assessment. However, we do recommend discussing any concerns you have about yourself or your child’s health or functioning with your GP as it is always helpful to have your GP involved in your health concerns.

Do I need a GP Referral?

You don’t need a GP referral for an assessment. However, we do recommend discussing any concerns you have about yourself or your child’s health or functioning with your GP as it is always helpful to have your GP involved in your health concerns.

Ready to gain insights?

Schedule your Adult Autism Assessment today with our experienced team. Book now for a personalised approach to understanding and support. Booking your appointment is easy, call us on 0428 088 671 or book online by following the link below