Welcome to The Autism Clinic at Catalyst (TACC)! We are looking forward to meeting you and your child. We know that this process can be overwhelming and we’d like to do our best to walk you through each step. We want to introduce ourselves, share our philosophy and approach, and try to minimize confusion or surprises.
Though the end result of your time at TACC is to determine whether or not your child is Autistic, our primary goal is to get know your child; their passions, interests, and strengths and help guide you in providing the most appropriate supports to help your child thrive in the spaces that are most important to them.
We take a neurodivergent affirming approach and strive to conduct our clinic in a way that honors each child as an individual. We believe children should be referred to support services only if we believe that those services will help your child thrive–not to make them look more neurotypical. Even if your child is not Autistic, we may recommend services that could be helpful for your child.
We do want you to know that we already think your child is awesome and can’t wait to hear all the details of their awesomeness that you will share with us, but as part of the diagnostic process, we will also need to talk about challenges, struggles, and difficulties your child may be experiencing. We do our best to have these conversations in spaces outside of the child’s earshot because we don’t want these conversations to influence the way your child feels about themself.
We try to make your child’s time here at the clinic as fun as possible. We’ve included a space in your intake paperwork where you can let us know the things your child enjoys most so we can do our best to have those things prepared when your child arrives.
An introduction to your providers is coming soon!
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We are excited to share that we have moved to a new location. Starting April 3rd you can find us at 1900 D Street, Bellingham.
We can't wait to show you around our new, larger clinic! Exciting things are in the works.