Who is involved in an assessment for ASD?
The diagnosis of ASD involves several professionals, known as a multidisciplinary assessment. Other involved professionals could include a paediatrician, a speech pathologist and/ or occupational therapist.
What is involved?
It is sometimes recommended that a childcare, kindergarten or school observation occur as part of the assessment process. This is an additional charge and will be discussed with parents if required.
What is ASD?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), is used to diagnose ASD. To meet the criteria for ASD as listed in the DSM-5 an individual must have:
Below is a list of difficulties with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors that can commonly be seen in individuals with ASD. Not all individuals with ASD will show all of these behaviours however they my show several.
People with ASD may also experience sleep problems and irritability. Although people with ASD experience many challenges, they may also have many strengths, including: