Autism Services

Welcome to our Autism services which have been developed by Clinical Psychologist – Dr Keeley White and Assistant Psychologist Martin Browne with support from the rest of the team at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre. We have a number of webpages which we hope provide a clear overview of the services we provide.

What is Autism?

Diagnosing Autism

Is diagnosis right for you?

Adult Autism assessment process at EBTC

Individual & Group therapy

Consultation

Fees

More information to come

Our Language Statement

We understand that there is identity-first (e.g., autistic person) and person-first (e.g., person with autism) language to talk about autism. While person-first language has been prominent in academia and research as a way to talk about disability, in recent years identity-first language has become prominent among the autistic and wider disability community. Many people have shared their personal journey of acceptance, such as this blog post by Sonia Boué  as well as the powerful reasons to use identity-first constructions. For more information about this language choice, visit this link

However, not everyone feels this way –  different people on the autism spectrum have widely differing opinions on autism and on the language used to describe it.

“Personally, I don’t have a huge affiliation with my diagnosis. I prefer person first language and don’t see my autism as an identity. It merely describes some of my characteristics.” – woman with autism

“As autistic people, we see our neurology as an integral part of who we are – not a separate or negative add-on.”Identity First Autistic campaign

We absolutely respect the right of everyone to choose the language that suits them. As a group of professionals that are not autistic-led, we have to find a way to navigate the language around autism which is respectful to everyone. We want to represent both person-first and identity-first in our services, as we aim to promote the psychological well-being of all people on the autism spectrum. Using a single form of language risks excluding some of the people we want to reach. That is, we use person-first and identity-first language interchangeable to reflect the diversity of client preferences. Another excellent editorial on language and autism is available here.

We believe that a respectful, accepting attitude is essential. While some may feel that our choice to use multiple language forms is disrespectful, we hope this language statement makes it clear that we have carefully considered our position. Our language policy is under constant review and we welcome feedback from the community on this statement.