Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder characterised by difficulties with social-communication and interaction, restricted/repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities. 

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Common features include:

  • Delayed speech

  • Poor eye contact

  • Less interest in interacting with others than expected

  • Difficulty navigating social interactions

  • Trouble decoding facial expressions, gestures etc.

  • Insists on sticking to rules/routines

  • Struggles to cope with change

  • Odd and/or intense interests

  • Stereotyped/repetitive behaviours e.g. hand flapping, flicking lights on and off

  • Stereotyped play e.g. lining up objects

  • Lack of imaginative play

  • Stereotyped/repetitive speech e.g. imitating others' speech

  • Sensory seeking behaviours e.g. mouthing objects

  • Sensitivity to loud noise and other stimuli e.g. bright lights, clothing tags

 

 

What is Autism?

HoW is an autism assessment helpful?

An Autism Assessment has the potential to:

 

  • Identify whether an individual has ASD and therefore make better sense of their strengths and challenges

  • Determine what interventions/supports are likely to be helpful

  • Assist with accessing extra supports at school e.g. classroom accomodations and special exam provisions

  • Help with accessing government funding e.g. NDIS funding, Centrelink Carer’s Allowance

  • Evaluate treatment progress

An Autism Assessment typically involves four stages: 

What is involved?

Autism Testing

1

CHILD Assessment

The first step is for your child to be assessed on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), which is an observational assessment designed to assess social-communication and interaction, and restricted/repetitive interests and behaviours. 

 

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

2

Parent Interview

Your clinician will then meet with you to gather a comprehensive history about your child's social-communication and interaction, and behaviour. We generally use the Autism Diagnostic Interview  - Revised Edition (ADI-R) to achieve this.

 

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

3

ONline Questionnaire

You and your child's teacher(s) are then required to complete an online assessment (Social Responsiveness Scale, 2nd Edition) which looks at social communication/interaction and restricted/repetitive behaviours.

Duration: 15 - 20 minutes (per questionnaire)

4

FEEDback Session

Once testing is complete, it typically takes 3 weeks for your clinician to score and prepare your report. Your clinician will then meet with you to discuss the results and recommendations. Your report will contain a detailed overview of the results and individually-tailored recommendations. 

 

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

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