Autism (ASD) Assessments
Are You Looking For a Psychologist in Sydney Who Offers Autism (ASD) Assessments?
If you or your child display signs consistent with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), your next step is to talk to someone who can help you determine whether an ASD assessment is the right choice.
When looking to start the ASD diagnosis process for our child, you may start with your GP, or a special needs coordinator at your child’s school or a Paediatric Psychiatrist. As an adult, you may ask your GP for a referral.
Why should you seek out an ASD diagnosis? Although diagnosing ASD can be a fraught and emotional process, many people ultimately find the process was very worthwhile, even in adulthood.
For children, early detection can help prepare them for a more independent life and empower them to lean on their strengths early on. Early detection also benefits parents of children with ASD because it means you can seek out the tools you need to help your child reach their full potential. Often, an ASD diagnosis can be part of a dual diagnosis or prevent a misdiagnosis of another disorder.
As an adult, an ASD diagnosis can help you access support programs and therapies that you might not otherwise find available to you. Many people who receive an adult diagnosis also say they feel validated, relieved, and able to make sense of their past and their current experiences and behaviours.
What can you expect from an autism assessment? The assessment includes several parts that differ according to whether you seek the assessment as an adult or a child.
For children, an autism assessment involves:
Speaking to parents about the child’s development
Reading reports offered by your paediatrician, child psychiatrist, nursery, or school
Watching your child play and interact with others
ASD assessments for adults usually include:
Talking about the problems you face
Filling out a questionnaire
Speaking to other people in your life (family, friends, paediatrician, GP, teachers, etc.)
Psychologists perform a systematic approach to diagnose autism. At Dolphin Tribe, our experienced and trained professionals in Sydney, NSW and Eastwood, NSW use gold standard evidence based tools. This includes ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised) for assessing and diagnosing ASD.
The ADOS-2 tool puts the patient front and centre and includes either an interview session or a semi-structured play section, depending on the individual’s age and communication level. The ADI-R uses interviews with caregivers, parents, family members, or other people close to you to produce a clearer picture of the patient’s developmental history.