a term which acknowledges the breadth of human neurological functioning outside of “typical” neurological processes
an advocacy movement embracing neurological differences as the next frontier of human diversity by embracing adifferences in perception, processing and social communication
a paradigm in which autism is considered as a set of conditions on a spectrum of various types of intelligence rather than a disorder
is characterized by challenges with executive functioning and listening skills which may require assistance for optimal functioning in a neurotypical environment, but the neurotypical environment can also benefit from such accommodation.
International symbol of neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity includes autism spectrum conditions, various learning differences such as dyspraxia, dyslexia and dyscalculia, as well as ADHD and Tourette's. These diagnoses are often concomitant.
What if I suspect I'm on the autism spectrum, or someone I love is on the autism spectrum? How important is an official diagnosis?
An official diagnosis of high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, or PDD, is not necessary to qualify for services with ACTS. The spectral nature of autism allows for different types of intelligence to be emphasized in intervention strategies dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship concerns, and so on. To qualify for accommodations in an academic or work environment, an official diagnosis is often required, and referrals can be made for that purpose.
What age range do you work with?
For individual sessions, teens from about age 12 or 13 receive services, depending on their comfort level, as well adults all the way into their senior years. Younger children would usually be seen in a family context.
What clinical approaches do you work with?
With the neurodiverse population, adapted cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is used, as well as a wide range of creative arts and expressive interventions designed to enhance social fluency and access the idiosyncratic logic underlying the areas of distress experienced by the client.
How are your therapy services adapted for neurodiversity?
The neurodiversity movement recognizes autism spectrum conditions as communication rather than behavioural concerns. In seeking to understand the idiosyncratic logic in communication intentions rather than striving to replicate neurotypical traits, the inherent strengths of neurodiversity are used to address the issues which are creating distress for the client.
What are your fees?
The regular rate is $175/session for individual, couple, or family therapy, which is reimbursable by most insurance programs. This includes HST. It is possible to qualify for a reduction depending on income and number of dependants. To see if you qualify for a reduction, please contact Laure-Marie. For group services, the rate varies according to the number of participants, but ranges from $20 to $60 per participant per group session.
Can my payment for services be reimbursed under OHIP or my insurance program?
Our services are not covered under OHIP. Receipts for individual psychotherapy or couple and family therapy are issued for insurance reimbursement purposes under the name of the supervising psychologist, with all Laure-Marie’s credentials as well. As insurance programs vary, it is the client’s responsibility to verify with their own insurance program to see if these services are covered.