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Autism Spectrum Disorder-Diagnostic Assessment

We specialise in diagnostic assessments for all ages to confirm or exclude the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A Diagnostic Assessment normally requires two appointments, a teacher questionnaire and a further parental feedback session.

The first appointment is for a Developmental assessment and/or Cognitive Assessment  (WISC-IV, WPPSI-III, or PEP-R) which takes approximately 60-100 minutes.  A thorough background and developmental interview is completed; this will involve determining additional sources of information, such as teachers. If it has not already been completed a cogntive assessment or brief intelligence test is organised or undertaken. The test is suited for children and is usually able to maintain children’s focus and interest by utilising puzzles and blocks. The results will be reviewed by the Psychologist in order to determine strengths and weaknesses and further inform the next stage of the assessment. If the client has already undertaken a cognitive assessment, this should be provided to the Psychologist so that other activities can be supplemented for the child during the first session.

On the second session the Psychologist will conduct a Diagnostic Interview.  Information obtained at this interview, especially the client’s history, contributes to the formulation of a diagnosis.  It is useful for the parent to bring any previous assessments (including copies) such as Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy or Paediatric assessments/letters with them to this appointment. This appointment is for the parents and caregivers only due to the length of the assessment process.

The fee for a Diagnostic Assessment is inclusive of all appointments (Cognitive Assessment and Diagnostic Interview) and a Comprehensive Report is provided.  The report is usually available three weeks after the second appointment. Please call 0488 172 856 or email info@ncaps.com.au for further information.

For children under 13 years old only, a Medicare rebate for part of the assessment fees may be available with the appropriate referral from a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist.  For more information see the Autism Victoria website for a detailed outline of the Medicare benefits from the Federal Government’s Helping Children with Autism program.