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Autism & ADHD Assessments

Neurodivergence (ND) is a term used to describes the natural variations in human neurology, particularly in the way people process information, understand, and respond to the world around them. Here at Rise & Thrive we are offering a comprehensive assessment to understand your neurotype.

Autism Assessment Sessions

Initial intake session; During this session, Jackie will ask a range of questions about your current circumstances and difficulties. Prior to the inital session, Jackie will send you a range of questionnaires to complete and return. You are welcome to bring a support person to the sessions. 

Subsequent session; During this session, Jackie will explore traits related to autism using the Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing Autism Spectrum, Second Edition (MIGDAS-2) interview protocol. This involves a semi-structured interview where Jackie asks questions related to areas such as language and communication, social relationships and emotional responses, and sensory use and interests. 

Feedback session; This is the final session together where Jackie will provide you with a copy of the comprehensive report which contains the results of the questionnaires and interview. During this session Jackie will also discuss next steps in supporting your specific needs. 

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ADHD Assessment Sessions

Initial intake session; During this session, Jackie will ask a range of questions about your current circumstances and difficulties. Prior to the inital session, Jackie will send you a range of questionnaires to complete and return. You are welcome to bring a support person. 

Subsequent session; During this session, Jackie will explore traits related to ADHD using the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA-5) interview protocol. To gain the most comprehensive picture of your neurotype, Jackie will ask about traits that have been present in adulthood and childhood, therefore it can be useful to have a parent, carer, or another safe adult who knew you during childhood (e.g. before you were 12 years old) attend this session. Collateral information will also be sought from school reports (if available).  

Feedback session; This is the final session together where Jackie will provide you with a copy of the comprehensive report which contains the results of the questionnaires and interview. During this session Jackie will also discuss next steps in supporting your specific needs.

An important note about ADHD Assessments

At this time, Psychologist are not able to prescribe medication for any condition or diagnosis. Therefore, if your main goal in getting an ADHD assessment is to trial ADHD medication, we suggest speaking to your GP about a referal to a suitable qualified Psychiatrist or Paediatrician who can complete their own assessment with you. 

Some people have no interest in trialing medication and once they obtain their diagnosis they find it easier to navigate the neurotypical world because they have a better understanding of themselves and why they find certain aspects of life challenging. 

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