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Neuro-Affirmative Approach to Autism

Clinical Psychologist, Auckland, Ponsonby & Parnell
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Neuro-affirmative guidelines for autism diagnosis emphasise respect, validation, and understanding of Autistic individuals as part of the natural diversity of human neurology. Here are the key principles and practices:

1. Respect for Neurodiversity

  • Recognition of Autism as a Natural Variation: View Autism as a natural and valid variation of human experience rather than a disorder to be cured.

  • Strengths-Based Approach: Focus on the strengths and unique skills of Autistic individuals, not just their challenges.

2. Person-Centered Practices

  • Individualised Assessment: Tailor the diagnostic process to the individual's unique presentation and needs, recognizing that Autism manifests differently in each person.

  • Holistic View: Consider the whole person, including their sensory experiences, communication styles, and environmental interactions.

3. Inclusive and Affirmative Language

  • Identity-First Language: Use identity-first language (e.g., "Autistic person" rather than "person with Autism") unless the individual prefers otherwise.

  • Positive Framing: Avoid deficit-based language and descriptions. Frame traits and behaviours in a positive or neutral manner.

4. Collaborative Process

  • Active Participation: Involve the individual being assessed in the diagnostic process as much as possible. Ensure they understand and consent to each step.

  • Family and Community Involvement: Include input from family members, partners, or close friends who can provide valuable insights into the individual's behaviour and experiences.

5. Sensitivity and Support

  • Sensory Considerations: Be mindful of sensory sensitivities during the assessment. Create a comfortable environment to minimise stress and sensory overload.

  • Clear Communication: Use clear, direct communication tailored to the individual's preferred mode of understanding, whether verbal, written, or visual.

6. Validation and Empowerment

  • Affirming Identity: Validate the individual’s identity and experiences. Emphasise that being Autistic is an integral part of who they are.

  • Empowerment: Provide information and resources that empower individuals to understand their neurodivergence and advocate for their needs.

7. Follow-Up and Support

  • Comprehensive Feedback: Offer detailed feedback that includes both strengths and challenges, along with practical recommendations for support.

  • Ongoing Support: Ensure there is access to post-diagnosis support, such as therapy, social groups, and resources that align with the individual’s needs and preferences.

8. Cultural Sensitivity

  • Cultural Competence: Be aware of and sensitive to cultural differences in the expression and understanding of Autism. Adapt assessment methods to be culturally relevant and respectful.

9. Evidence-Based Practices

  • Scientific Rigor: Utilise assessment tools and methods that are validated and evidence-based, ensuring the reliability and validity of the diagnosis.

  • Continual Learning: Stay informed about the latest research and best practices in Autism diagnosis and neurodiversity.

By adhering to these neuro-affirmative guidelines, practitioners can ensure that the diagnostic process is respectful, supportive, and empowering for Autistic individuals, fostering a positive and inclusive approach to understanding and valuing neurodiversity.

Autism Assessment Fees

All appointments for assessment by Clinical Psychologist Dr JC Coetzee are prepaid via the online booking system. Autism assessment appointments are available in Ponsonby & Parnell, Auckland as well as online/remote.

Autism assessments does not include pharmacological or psychological treatment.

Treatment recommendations will be made after the assessment has been completed.

 Consultation Type
Autism assessment in Ponsonby or Parnell or Online/Remote
Assessment Session 

In-person or online assessment session 120 minutes.

$600 (incl GST)

Self Report Inventories and Document Review

Interpreting of Self-Report questionnaires , inventories & review of reports. Letter of opinion is included in the fee.

$300 (incl GST)

Feedback Session (optional but recommended)

In-person or online feedback session on diagnosis and recommendations.

$235 (incl GST)

Comprehensive Report on Findings (optional)

A psychological report on the assessment findings with treatment recommendations.

$800 (incl GST)

Total for Autism assessment and opinion letter on diagnosis and recommendations (excludes feedback session)
$ 900.00
Total for Autism assessment and a comprehensive report with diagnosis and recommendations (excludes feedback session) 
$ 1 700.00

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Ponsonby Clinical Psychology Practice Address

Clinical Psychologist, Ponsonby, Auckland

Dr JC's Clinical Psychology practice is located at Vermont Street Specialists, 25 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland.

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Tuesdays & Thursdays 7 am - 1 pm

Parnell Clinical Psychology Practice Address

Practi Space 1 Gibraltar Crescent, Parnell, Auckland.

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Tuesdays & Thursdays 7 am - 1 pm

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