Autism Assessments

Should I get a private autism assessment?

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Should you get a private Autism Assessment? It depends...

The BC Autism Assessment Network provides quality assessments free of charge with a physician's referral.  In Victoria they are done at the Queen Alexandra Centre.  In Nanaimo they are done at the Children's Development Centre.  I continue to work with BCAAN to help address their waitlists. They are very concerned about wait times and are working to address them. Current wait times are available here.

Because my clinical time with BCAAN is limited, I have additional clinical time to do a limited number of private assessments. However, even my own practice has wait times of approximately 6 months.

Deciding to pursue a private assessment depends on your willingness to wait for BCAAN, and some age-specific determinants:

Children under 6 years of age

Children & Youth from 6 to 19 years of age

adult assessments