Autism Assessment Service
Our qualified speech pathologists and psychologists provide the gold standard in autism assessments.
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.
As members of the WA Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum, our highly experienced speech pathologists and psychologists provide the gold standard in autism assessments for children aged 12 and under.
We have short wait times for service delivery following paediatrician referral. Start your journey with us today.
Starting June 2021, you can now ask your General Practitioner (GP) to refer you directly to Therapy Focus to start the Autism Diagnostic assessment. This means you do not have to wait for a paediatrician for a referral.
Please note: You will still need to go to a paediatrician to evaluate our completed assessment and confirm or deny the diagnosis. We suggest you call and make this appointment for two months’ time from your assessment date with Therapy Focus. Waiting times can be long.
Diagnosis to therapy in 10 steps
Speak to your General Practitioner (GP) about a referral to a paediatrician.
Based on the findings of an initial assessment, the paediatrician will provide a referral for an autism assessment.
Contact Therapy Focus on 1300 135 373 to book an autism assessment.
Our assessors will complete an assessment in line with the National Guidelines for Autism Assessment and Diagnosis.
We will provide you with an assessment report and feedback about the findings.
Take this assessment report to the paediatrician for confirmation of diagnosis.
Send confirmation of the diagnosis to the NDIS to access government funding and to book a planning meeting.
Attend the planning meeting to have an NDIS Plan created for your child.
Contact Therapy Focus to provide details of your child’s NDIS Plan.
Sign a Service Agreement with us to start receiving therapy services.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, if you have a paediatricians referral for assessment and your child is 12 years of age or under.
We are able to provide speech pathologist or psychologist assessments. Prices may vary, we will need to provide you with a quote for this service.
We are unable to recommend specific paediatricians. You can go to the Western Australian Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum (WAADF) website to find information about paediatricians who can refer your child for an assessment.
A private autism assessment is $2,200. This includes: speech pathologist assessment, cognitive assessment, psychologist interview, comprehensive report and feedback session.
If your child is referred by a private paediatrician you will be eligible for Medicare rebates, between $90-$150. We are unable to provide codes for your private health fund. It is up to your provider as to the rebate you may receive.
Unfortunately, Government paediatric referrals are not eligible for rebate.
We understand the assessment cost can be a strain on the family. You may contact our accounts department to organise a payment plan. Please note, you will not receive a copy of the diagnostic report until you have paid your account in full.
It is now time to link in with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to sort your child’s funding. You will need to complete their access form or if you child is under 7 years, navigate the NDIS website to find your nearest NDIS partner.
Once you are linked with the NDIS you will be asked to attend a planning meeting. This is where you can advocate for the type of supports you require for your child (such as speech pathology, occupational therapy, continence, dietetics, support workers).
Once you receive your plan, you are able to access services. The NDIS is all about choice, giving you control over where and how you want services.
You can fill out our application form and NDIS plan and you will be placed on our waitlist.
Yes, we are able to assess your child to Australian standards. It will cost $2,200 and we are able to assess without a referral from a paediatrician. You will need to book an appointment with a paediatrician for confirmation of Australian diagnosis.
Yes, we will assess a child from a psychiatry referral, however you will still need to have the assessment signed off by a paediatrician.
As part of the assessment process we send the classroom teacher our comprehensive preassessment questionnaire. This helps the assessors plan and individualise the assessment.
Book an assessment
Are you concerned about your child’s development? Do you have a referral for an autism assessment? Contact our friendly team to book an autism assessment today.