A diagnostic assessment utilises a combination of clinical interview and observation, previous reports and standardised tests to determine whether or not the person meets DSM5 diagnostic criteria for an autism spectrum condition, whether other conditions are also present, and whether further assessment is needed.
The Diagnostic Assessment leads to an understanding of the person’s profile of abilities including:
* Whether the person is on the autism spectrum
* Whether the person’s profile meets diagnostic criteria for an autism spectrum condition
* The possible presence of other diagnoses, including an anxiety or mood disorder
* The child and adolescent assessment includes an assessment of adaptive functioning (this is necessary for applying for NDIS funding)
* The need for further assessment for another condition, for e.g. a medical condition, a learning or language disorder, poor adaptive functioning skills, and intellectual disability, ADD or ADHD
A diagnostic assessment process involves:
* Review of previous reports by your psychologist
* Completion of standardised questionnaires by the child, adolescent or adult, and their parents, caregivers, family members and/or partner
* Scoring and interpretation of questionnaires by your psychologist
* A one-hour interview to commence the assessment and to determine whether it will be useful to conduct the whole assessment
* Two-hours of assessment, including semi-structured interview and use of standardised and measures
* A one hour feedback session to convey the results of testing and the recommendations arising from the results
* Scoring, interpretation and report preparation by your psychologist
For an accurate and confident diagnosis the assessment needs at least three appointments or more. This is based on best practice guidelines. The fee for the Diagnostic Assessment includes report preparation. When booking a Diagnostic Assessment please let the receptionist know if the report will be required for funding purposes, and which type of funding.