Should you get a private Autism Assessment? It depends...
Autism assessments in BC have to be completed in a prescribed manner in order to qualify for MCFD funding. We have completed hundreds of such assessments over more than 10 years. As the former (and first) Island Health Senior Clinician and Qualified Specialist in autism, Dr. Price supervised other psychologists and physicians in how to complete autism assessments, especially in complicated situations. Dr. Leason has 16 years experience completing autism assessments on young children. We complete assessments of children, youth, and young adults from 2 to 25 years of age. As far as we are aware, we are the only clinicians providing private autism assessments in Victoria.
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. We 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 our clinical time with BCAAN is limited, we have additional clinical time to do a limited number of private assessments. However, even our own practice has wait times of approximately 5 months.
Deciding to pursue a private assessment depends on your willingness to wait for BCAAN, and some age-specific determinants: