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Assessment and Intervention

The Cairnmillar Clinics offers assessment for children, adolescents, and adults.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is currently defined as a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects individuals’ social skills and communication, their interests, and behaviours. An ASD diagnosis can provide individuals and their families with relief and understanding, and in many cases, access to funding and support. ASD assessment can inform future emotional, behavioural, and social support, and can help schools facilitate individuals learning.

The Cairnmillar Clinics offers Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment. For some individuals ASD traits can be apparent from a young age. However, for many individuals a recognition that their experiences are consistent with ASD only emerges in adulthood. The Cairnmillar Clinics offers assessment for children, adolescents, and adults. Our assessment includes administration of the ADOS-2 assessment tool, which is considered best practice in the assessment of ASD.

The Cairnmillar Clinics provide relevant Medicare (and any relevant additional) rebates where appropriate. We also work closely with clients of the NDIS, or seeking to apply to the NDIS.

The assessment process includes:

  • Initial 90-minute session with a Clinical psychologist, including assessment of developmental history and screening for ASD traits.
  • ADOS-2 assessment administered by the Clinical Psychologist.
  • Correspondence with additional allied health professionals involved in the individuals care, and significant others, e.g. school teachers.
  • Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Assessment report written by the assessing clinical psychologist.
  • Feedback session with the clinician to go over the assessment results and report.

The total cost is $1,220. The assessment report is written in combination with a cognitive assessment. If the individual has not recently undergone cognitive assessment, this is available from the assessing clinical psychologist for an additional fee of $498, or can be provided by one of our provisional psychologists for a reduced fee of $120. Additional assessments might be included if the assessment is for NDIS purposes (such as the WHODAS).

Our clinicians can provide ongoing support and targeted intervention to individuals and families for a range of difficulties, and offer ongoing tailored support and intervention if required.

Please contact us to enquire about our ASD assessment process or to make an initial appointment. Please note that the assessment is currently only available at our Hawthorn East clinic site.