Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with persistent impairment in social communication and interaction, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, and/or activities. It can also be associated with hyper- or hypo-reactivity to sensory input. ASD symptoms present during childhood and can impair day to day functioning across a number of domains.
An ASD assessment involves a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s functioning and developmental history. It involves interviews, behavioural observations, and the use of various clinical assessment instruments.
The structure of this assessment will differ according to the age of the individual, and may include cognitive and other assessments to rule out other diagnoses.
Single or dual diagnostic assessments are available. A single diagnostic assessment can be conducted by either a psychologist or speech pathologist. However, a second diagnostic assessment will be required from another professional if you wish to access support from Autism SA or for the diagnosis to be recognised by the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD). Dual diagnostic assessments can be conducted, and will involve a psychologist and speech pathologist.