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


Common features include:

  • Delayed or unusual speech

  • Unusual/reduced non-verbal communication

  • Reduced interest in peers/having friends

  • Difficulty navigating social interactions

  • Lack of social reciprocity e.g., one-sided conversations

  • Insisting on sameness/difficulty coping with change 

  • Odd/intense interests e.g., mobile phone plans

  • Unusual/repetitive mannerisms e.g., hand flapping

  • Stereotyped play e.g., lining up objects

  • Lack of imaginative/pretend play

  • Echoing others' speech/things heard e.g., "doors closing, please stand clear"

  • Compulsive/ritualistic behaviour e.g., only eating white foods  

  • Sensory seeking behaviours e.g., mouthing objects

  • Sensory sensitivities e.g., loud noise, bright lights

What is Autism


At our clinic, we offer comprehensive ASD assessments for children aged 3-13. The main assessment instruments used are the ADOS-2, ADI-R, and SRS-2. Use of the ADOS-2 and ADI-R in combination are considered the gold standard approach for ASD testing.


Autism Testing has the potential to:


  • Obtain diagnostic clarity as to whether a child/teen has ASD and make better sense of their strengths/challenges

  • Help determine what interventions/supports may be helpful in supporting the young person reach their potential

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

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

  • Evaluate intervention progress

An Autism Assessment typically involves four stages: 

What is involved

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Autism Testing

Please note that we are not currently accepting new testing referrals.


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


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: 3 hours


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)


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