Child & Adolescent Autism Spectrum Assessment

Autism Spectrum Assessment
 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) describes a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterised by a) deficits in social communication and b) repetitive/ restricted behaviours and interests, present from the early developmental period.

The Autism Assessment Clinic @ Kidspace offers a unique model of assessing for ASD, which involves the expert opinion of a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, as well as a behaviour observation and parent interview conducted by a Child & Adolescent Psychologist.

 

 

 

 

What assessment tools are used?

  • Psychiatric Assessment: A comprehensive assessment is first conducted by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who will be able to advise whether he or she recommends further testing for ASD

 

  • Child Observation: The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a behaviour observation, where the assessing clinician will be interested in how your child interacts with him or her (i.e., an unfamiliar adult). The ADOS-2 is considered the most reliable diagnostic instrument designed to assess for ASD

 

  • Parent Interview: The Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) is a clinical interview conducted with parents in order to assist in diagnosing ASD and distinguishing ASD from other developmental disorders

 

  • Supplementary Assessments: At the time of the Psychiatric Assessment, extra assessments may be recommended if clinically indicated (e.g., intellectual assessment, ADHD assessment)

Please note, the Autism Testing Clinic is not currently accepting new referrals