An assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) seeks to determine the level of functioning, support needs, strengths, and diagnostic understanding of the child. There are multiple pathways to reaching an ASD diagnosis, but in most cases, it involves a multidisciplinary approach that commences with a paediatric referral to both speech and psychology and concludes with the sharing of the assessment findings with the parent. Feedback may also include referral recommendations to early intervention services and linking the family to funding support. The Autism Assessment Clinic has developed long-standing relationships with paediatrics and allied health to enable an integrated assessment for your child.
To make a determination of ASD, a child’s behaviours and functioning are evaluated in relation to the diagnostic criteria set out in the international guidelines of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition. Whilst understanding the presence or absence of a clinical diagnosis is important, it is also critical to evaluate the functioning and support needs of the child and their caregiver/s. This information, gathered from multiple sources, aims to inform future service delivery and funding needs.
Assessments are tailored to the unique clinical needs of your child and include a parent interview, a child assessment, and a parent feedback session accompanied by a comprehensive report. Depending on the unique needs of your child, psychometric testing and screening tools may include:
The Autism Assessment Clinic operates from both Ivanhoe and Hampton. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact either clinic.
* information adapted from https://www.autismspectrum.org.au