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How are adults diagnosed with Aspberger's? What is the

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How are adults diagnosed with Aspberger's? What is the procedure?
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Good morning. Thanks for writing to JA.

Ideally, Asperger's Disorder (like any of the Autism Spectrum Disorders) is assessed through a Multidisciplinary Evaluation... although some will do so without all disciplines represented. The following components of an evaluation are ideal:

- Psychiatrist (to rule out any medical factors) (*)

- Psychologist (to assess cognitive, behavioral, social skills) (*)

- Speech/Language Pathologist (to assess communication, developmentally and currently)

- Occupational Therapist (to assess sensory/fine motor, developmentally and currently)

(*) These professionals can diagnose Asperger's Disorder.

Most frequently, the first step toward exploring an ADULT diagnosis of Asperger's Disorder would be to contact a Psychologist or, perhaps, Psychiatrist. It may not be 100% necessary to have the entire gamut of assessments outlined above - as much of the "assessment" may be conducted through a lengthy clinical interview. Some evaluations can be conducted over and intense 1-2 period of assessment. Some

prefer to spread the assessments over time (6-8 weeks). Each setting is slightly different about their approach - and both have validity.

I hope you find this information helpful - and hope that you (and whole family) are doing well.

Thanks. <PLEASE CLICK ACCEPT> unless you have further questions that I can answer.

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