Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Undertaking an assessment for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a very daunting and stressful task for parents. It is therefore important that they are carried out by a professional with additional training and experience in the field.

We do not recommend or proceed with assessments for ASD unless we believe that it is an important step in understanding your child’s needs. If you have been referred for an ASD assessment and don’t agree that it is necessary – that is ok! Simply ask for an initial consultation and your psychologist can walk you through the process and help you determine if an ASD assessment is warranted.

An assessment for Autism is extremely complex. It requires a very high level of skill and expertise. Our clinician’s are committed to using the gold standard assessment tools which help us to ensure the highest degree of accuracy possible. Your psychologist will also need to collaborate with other professionals and analyse and compare data from a variety of sources. These additional consultations are all included in the cost of your assessment.

Our reports are extremely detailed and aim to provide you with enough information to obtain a second opinion if you chose to do so.

Please find below a brief outline of what you might expect if you chose to have your child assessed for an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Session 1 involves a structured clinical interview called the ADI-R. This will take 2 hours to complete with you and is an opportunity for you to give as much detailed information as possible about your concerns.

Session 2 involves a structured play-based assessment called the ADOS-2. This will take approximately 1 hour to complete. This gives the clinician an opportunity to directly observe some of the concerns that you have raised during your first interview. A parent is often present in the room during this part of the assessment.

Report: You will be provided with a comprehensive report. This report is important for any future funding applications you may submit. It will also be helpful in guiding key staff that may work with your child (such as teachers and therapists) with recommendations on how best to support their individual needs.

Session 3 (if required): Clients can choose to book in a third assessment session after receiving their report. This session can be useful to explain the report and any included recommendations to the family in further detail. Any questions about future intervention planning can also be reviewed.

If you think your child requires this type of assessment please don’t hesitate to call our service so that we can obtain some additional information and answer any questions you might have before booking in for your first session.

Medicare rebates may be available for sessions with the referral of a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist.