Diagnostic Autism Assessment Services
Is your child or a child you know showing signs of autism?
My Psychologist can undertake a Diagnostic Autism Assessment and provide a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) if applicable. We can also provide therapy for children on the autism spectrum. The word “spectrum” is used because individuals presenting with these disorders show a wide range of abilities, skills and difficulties. While it is common that some individuals share similarities, no two people are exactly the same.
Common signs that potentially indicate autism spectrum disorder include:
- not showing things of interest to others
- not sharing experiences with others
- not responding when spoken to
- reduced eye contact
- preferring to play alone
- having difficulty relating to peers
- more interested in objects than people
- ignoring or avoiding other children
- talking in monologue
- limited pointing and social smiling
- seeming to be in a “world of their own”
- delayed or unusual language skills
- unusual ways of playing such as lining things up or spinning
- unusual or repetitive movements
- unusual fears
- rituals or routines that must be done in sequence
- unusual or very strong interests
- sensitivity to textures, touch, tastes, sounds or light
Individuals on the spectrum will not show all these signs but will show a number of them.
A Diagnostic Autism Assessment can be conducted by Autism SA and various Child Development Units. Generally the waiting time to access these services is too long for most families.
A private Diagnostic Autism Assessment can be conducted by private psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and paediatricians. A child must be assessed by two different professionals.
My Psychologist has participated in the Autism SA diagnostic training and can diagnose a child as having ASD.
If you require a either a single practitioner or complete/joint Diagnostic Autism Assessment My Psychologist can certainly help. The first part of the process is to call, have a chat and then make an appointment with us. Typically our waiting times are short and you can have an assessment and report within a month.
The first thing to do is contact My Psychologist to discuss your requirements and then book an appointment.
Our assessment process requires an interview of the parent/caregiver and an observation and interview of the child. Information will also be collected from other care providers, such as schools, childcare and health professionals.
My Psychologist will email (or provide hard copy on request) a number of forms that will need to be filled out and returned prior to attending the face-to-face appointment. These forms include one that must be taken to school or childcare for staff to complete. All forms are to be completed and provided prior to the appointment. Any reports from other professionals are also required.
My Psychologist prides itself as being totally transparent when it comes to charging for services.
My Psychologist currently provides assessment and report for only $660 ($600 + GST). Payment of this fee is required on the day of assessment and prior to report preparation.
We now have the ability to offer the opportunity to undertake a complete/joint Diagnostic Autism Assessment in partnership with a qualified and experienced speech pathologist. This means you can have the assessment in one appointment. The speech pathologist assessment fee is also $660 so this means the cost of a complete/joint assessment will be $1,320.
A report is typically provided within two weeks of the assessment.
Rebates for our Diagnostic Autism Assessment and other services may be available from Medicare or your private health fund.
The Australian Government under the ‘Helping Children with Autism initiative’ provides a Medicare rebate (currently $84.80) for services provided by a Psychologist if a child has been referred by a consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.
My Psychologist is registered to provide services to individuals who have a care plan from the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) website provides more information about this program. Parents or caregivers can check whether a child is eligible for support through this program by using the “My Access” checker on the NDIA website or by calling 1800 800 110. Families meet with a planner to discuss their aspirations for their children’s future and to form a plan outlining the required supports.
Please call 0427 277 237 to arrange an appointment or to discuss further.