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Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults

Why Seek a Diagnosis?

The reasons for seeking an assessment vary. Your history and current behavior may indicate you have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Perhaps someone else believes you have ASD and has recommended you be assessed. Your therapist or other professional may want to determine if you have ASD and has suggester you seek an assessment from an expert. Whatever the reason may be, it is important to understand what the assessment process involves.

How Does One Get an Official ASD Diagnosis?

There are two basic avenues to diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults:

Psychological Testing

Because ASD is related to certain neurological activity in the brain, a certain type of evaluation known as neuropsychological testing is often used to establish whether someone has ASD. The specific areas that are examined and measured in this type of testing include motor and psychomotor skills, memory, executive functions, problem-solving, concept formation, visual-perceptual skills, degree of self-sufficiency in real-life situations, academic achievement (performance in school-like subjects), and personality assessment.

Clinical Diagnosis

A mental health professional with the necessary credentials and expertise may also make a diagnosis of ASD. Typically, the process involves obtaining a history of the person’s social, emotional, academic and work background; assessing past documentation relevant to possible ASD; and observing how the person relates along certain social/emotional dimensions.

How is a Diagnosis Useful?

The uses of an Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults vary quite a bit.

Here is a list of some:

The Process I Use to Diagnosis ASD

I have a specific process I follow in assessing and diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder:


I ask you to complete two questionnaires on my website. These are tools to detect whether a person is likely to have ASD. Relying completely on these questionnaires or other self-report measures, however, is not wise as currently there is no single test or groups of tests that conclusively establish the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


I meet with you for three sessions during which I gather information, ask a series of questions, and observe our interactions.
My focus is on assessing your social and emotional presentation, quality of attachment to family members, development of peer relationships and friendships, capacity for self-awareness, perspective-taking and level of insight into social and behavioral problems, and ability to understand other people’s feelings, intentions and beliefs. I also look for the presence of other problem areas such as depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive tendencies.


I review any documentation you may have, such as previous school and pediatrician reports, medical assessments, work evaluations or other descriptions that could shed light on the question of ASD.
Additionally, I ask someone who knows you well, either by phone or by email, about how you match several dimensions of ASD. The reason for this is to add a perspective to the information that I gather myself during the face-to-face assessment.


Based on all the information I have gathered I make a determination of Autism Spectrum Disorder and present my conclusions in a face-to-face meeting with you.

The Cost of an ASD Assessment

My fee is $300 per session. I don’t charge for scoring the questionnaires or reviewing additional material, unless it is extensive. If a phone call or email correspondence is lengthy, I do charge for the time spent, otherwise I don’t. The total, then, for the assessment is $900.

Finally, the report I give you at the end of the third session is a verbal notification of the findings of the evaluation. If you wish to have a written report, which would include a description of the evaluation process, the results, and my diagnostic determination, I charge $500 for the report.

Please note that all payments are made directly to me. I do not bill insurance companies for my services. However, I can give you a superbill with all the necessary information for you to submit a claim for direct reimbursement. If you decide to use your insurance benefits, I strongly recommend checking with your carrier beforehand to find out your coverage for an ASD assessment.

Cost For ASD Assessment

California Assessment & Treatment Services for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults

As a trained ASD psychologist, I have worked with patients in San Francisco for many years, but I know how difficult it is for people further afield to reach me for help. Now I am offering video consultations for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout California. My goal is to determine whether or not my therapy will benefit them without the need for travel, and help them manage their Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As part of my work, I help adults with ASD learn to achieve more balanced and successful lives. Now with my video conference availability, I can help people with ASD within California find the same success!

My mission is to help everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder thrive and lead productive lives without the burden of mental health problems. My video conference service has been set up to allow ASD patients in California to reach out to me as easily as possible, helping them to start their journey towards high-functioning behaviors and more successful lives. This includes:

Click the ‘Get Started’ button below to complete the intake process. Then, we will arrange a video consultation, and begin your journey to a successful life with ASD.

Contact Me About My Services

A Message from Dr. Roberson:

I will be away from the office from September 25 until October 9th.

During that time, I will not be able to respond to email messages. So, in order to avoid missing your message, please DO NOT email me until I return on October 9th.

Once I am back in the office, I hope to hear from you and will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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