Autism Assessments


Wilderwood’s assessments are built on their specialization and research interest in autism in women as well as the LGBTQ, non-binary, and transgendered communities. Autistic women and non-binary people can present very differently from the stereotypes about “autism” that are mired in a medical model drawn on observations of boys and men.

Taking a sensitive and compassionate approach to the assessment process, Wilderwood brings in multiple assessment instruments to provide a comprehensive and thoughtful assessment for autism in adults.

As part of ongoing research, Wilderwood’s own Reflective Assessment instrument is currently incorporated into the process as part of a clinical trial. Other assessment instruments used alongside the Reflective Assessment include:

  • SRS-2 Adult Autism Assessment;
  • Comprehensive written narrative from each client;
  • Face-to-face or remote discussion;
  • Multiple pre-assessment baseline measures;
  • Screening for cognitive ability, depression, and anxiety;
  • Educational, employment, and medical history;
  • Statement and observations from partners, parents, and/or colleagues;
  • Discourse analysis;
  • ACIA clinical interview.

Apply for an autism assessment here.

Assessment Team

Dr. Mark Evanko
B.Sc., D.O.
Board Certified Cognitive Specialist
ACIA Certified
New Mexico Medical License A-874-88

    Dr. Rebecca Evanko (Au)
    B.A., M.A., M.A., CMHC (in-progress), Ph.D.
    Board Certified Cognitive Specialist
    ACIA Certified

    FAQs

    How do I start the process?
    How far out are appointments?

    We are typically booked 8-12 weeks in advance, but maintain a cancellation list.

    What is the cost?

    Assessments are provided by means of a donation directly to Wilderwood. The current minimum donation is $500. The donation contributes to Wilderwood’s programs and supports the work of autistic people in the community.

    Do you take insurance?

    No, and because of this there is no requirement for us to report any diagnostic findings to insurance companies or any third party for that matter. Clients are assured the outcome is absolutely private.

    Is the assessment “official”?

    Yes.

    How can the donation be made?

    By credit card with a small fee levied by the third-party agency that collects the donations. The donation can also be made by check or money order made out to Wilderwood.

    Is there a report?

    Yes. Typical assessments comprise a multi-page written report as well as a separate one-page document with the assessment findings. We do this so that clients can then choose which report to use depending on their level of comfort in sharing personal information with others.

    Can the assessment be done remotely or in-person?

    Either.

    What is involved in the narrative portion of the assessment?

    Each assessment requires submission of a detailed narrative to facilitate a thorough discourse analysis. The absolute minimum is 3-4pages, though it’s not uncommon to see 20 or even 30+ pages. The narrative asks you to recall events in your life both as a child and an adult, requiring reflective writing on your challenges, strengths, struggles, and achievements . Some clients choose to also illustrate their narratives with art, photos, poetry, or creative writing.

    Question not listed here?

    Contact Wilderwood by phone or email.