An autism assessment helps determine whether an individual meets the criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and provides information about their presentation and support needs.
How are autism assessments conducted?
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS -2) assessment tool and a clinical interview are facilitated by a specialist speech pathologist and psychologist to provide a decision based on the DSM-5 criteria.
The diagnostic process includes a comprehensive parent interview, formal observations of the child/adolescent and communication with the key people in the child/adolescent’s life (carers, teaching staff etc.) A cognitive assessment may also be conducted if required.
Assessments are conducted over 1-2 sessions, depending on the individual’s age and the information provided in a pre-assessment questionnaire. If the individual is school aged, then the first session may take place at school with permission.
At the conclusion of the autism assessment, a detailed diagnostic report will be provided to the referring paediatrician or psychiatrist, who will confirm the diagnosis of ASD based on the report. This report will also be used to make future decisions about what support and development services are required.
How do I book an autism assessment?
Contact our friendly team request an autism assessment appointment. A referral from a consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist is required prior to the assessment. This will allow you to claim back some costs as a Medicare rebate.
What happens after the diagnosis?
After an autism diagnosis is confirmed you can contact Therapy Focus to access our autism and support services, including early childhood intervention, behaviour support, social skill development and support for parents and carers. Our therapy teams work collaboratively to deliver evidence-based therapy services that help people with ASD achieve their goals in all stages of their lives. Service delivery is flexible and tailored to the unique needs of each individual, their family and carers.
For more information about our autism assessments, or to book an appointment, please contact us.