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Peace Autism Assessment Services offers private psychological evaluations of children and emerging adults who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with many presentations. Autism impacts functioning in the areas of social communication, both verbal and nonverbal, and is observed in repetitive patterns of behaviour. Individuals with autism often have co-occurring challenges that add important nuances to the provision of a comprehensive assessment.

 

Territory

 

The service is offered in the Treaty 8 Territory, traditional meeting grounds, gathering places and traveling routes of the Cree, Dene, Dane-zaa and Métis.

 

Values

 

Psychological assessments should be affirming and promote self-awareness of strengths as well as challenges and vulnerabilities leading to enhanced well-being and self-efficacy. Best practices emphasize foundational validity of assessment tools, openness to possibilities without bias, clearly communicated results, and recognition of the limitations and underlying assumptions in accordance with ethical and professional guidelines. Peace Autism Assessment Services endorses the perspectives of lifespan development and neurodiversity as fundamental aspects of assessment validity. Assessment outcomes may be different than expected but it is important that the assessment experience is validating for all those who are involved.

 

Oversight of the profession of psychology
 

The College of Psychologist of British Columbia is the statutory body that regulates the profession under the auspices of the Health Professions and Occupations Act. More information about the practice of psychology is available at the BC College of Psychologists.