Frequently Asked Questions

Rebecca, I know this is a personal question, but are you neurodivergent or autistic?

No, I am not. But I understand and love the neurodivergent people in my family.

Why do you say “autistic adult” instead of “adult with autism”?

Some people in the autistic community prefer identity-first language (i.e., autistic person), while others use person-first language (i.e., a person with autism). I often use them interchangeably and, whenever possible, ask about a person's preferred identity. 

And why do you use neurodivergent and autistic interchangeably?

All autistic people are neurodivergent, but not all neurodivergent people are autistic. Neurodiversity is a term that includes but is not limited to people with autism, ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, and/or other neurodevelopmental challenges that are present from birth (but may not manifest or be observable until much later).

Is the correct term ‘neurodivergent’ or ‘neurodiverse’? What’s the difference?

This webpage provides an excellent description of the various terms and how to use them appropriately.

You keep referring to autistic adults without intellectual disability. What does this mean?

When I refer to autistic adults without intellectual disability, I refer to people with average to above-average intellectual functioning, many of whom are working professionals or college/graduate students.

If I’m just a few months shy of turning 18, will you evaluate me?

I do not evaluate people under the age of 18. I hope you will come back in a few months when you turn 18. And happy early birthday!

What is the best way to contact you?

Click the “Contact Me” button located on my website. Please be sure to include your email address. I will contact you by email as soon as possible.

Do you evaluate autistic adults full-time?

No. I am also a university professor at a large university in the Midwest. Unsurprisingly, my research interests focus on the female presentation of autism in adults without an intellectual disability and social justice in counseling psychology.

What mental health support services do you offer?

Currently, I only offer diagnostic evaluations for adults who do not have an intellectual disability and suspect they are on the autism spectrum.