Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a lifelong developmental condition which affect approximately 1 in 100 children. The common areas of difficulty for children with ASD include areas of communication, socialisation, restricted or repetitive behaviours, interests or activities and sensory sensitivities. The severity and extent to which a child’s daily functioning may be affected can range from mild to severe. The current diagnosis of ASD can include what was previously known as autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not otherwise specified.
The assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be beneficial in:
- Assisting in better understanding your child: A diagnosis can assist children and parents to learn more about their child’s unique profile of impairment and understand why they may not be meeting developmental milestones or exhibiting unusual behaviour, interests or experiencing abnormal social/ communication difficulties.
- Developing tailored treatment plans: – This can assist parents and teachers to introduce individualised management plans and learning/ support plans in the home and school environment to meet a child’s specific needs and provide assistance with a child’s communication skills, social interactions and behaviours.
- Accessing additional assistance and funding:- Once a child is formally diagnosed with ASD, parents can apply for access to government funding entitlements and community services (e.g. Medicare, Centrelink’s Carer’s Allowance or the ‘Helping Children with Autism’ Program). Additionally diagnosis can assist with applying for school-based funding for special support teachers in the classroom.
Current research suggests that the earlier a child is accurately diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and starts effective tailored support programs and interventions, the better the developmental outcomes for the child.
The diagnosis of ASD requires a comprehensive assessment process and involves gathering information from a range of sources. The aim is to gather insight into a child’s areas of strength and weakness – in particular around social interactions, communication skills along with the presentation of any atypical behaviours or interests.
Typically this information can be obtained by administering a standardised assessment tool, coupled with a developmental history interview with parents, meeting and observing the child in their home and/or school environment or teacher consults. Whilst ASD is typically diagnosed in early childhood, the assessment process can be undertaken at any age. Our psychologists are specifically trained in assessing individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and are qualified to make a diagnosis.
- We currently use the gold standard Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition (ADOS- 2) which has been rated as the most reliable diagnostic tool currently recognised by International ASD experts.
- Parent rating scales
- Observation scales
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