We provide comprehensive diagnostic assessments for:
- Developmental disorders (autism and developmental delay)
- Learning disorders and difficulties (such as dyslexia)
- Intellectual Development Disorder
- School readiness
- Behavioural disorders (such as ADHD, ODD and Conduct Disorder)
- Anxiety disorders
- Depression and mood disorders
Autism Assessments for Children
A diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder is necessary if there are concerns about a child’s communication, social skills and/or behaviour. We use a range of tests and measures, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). The assessment process also involves a developmental history interview with the parents and a teacher interview (with consent). A detailed written report is presented in consultation with the parents to discuss the assessment outcomes and recommendations for intervention.
Autism Assessments for Adults
Due to previous lack of knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder, many people with the condition reach adulthood without receiving a diagnosis. However, late diagnosis can still be useful in enhancing functioning for the individual and to help their family develop an understanding of the nature of the challenges that the individual faces.
We offer a diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder in people over the age of 18. A range of measures are utilised, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R).
Developmental Assessments of Infants and Pre-Schoolers
A developmental assessment is necessary if there are concerns about a young child’s physical, social, emotional or cognitive presentation. The relative strengths and weaknesses of a child’s functioning should be evaluated so that specific intervention can focus directly on the child’s developmental needs. Research consistently shows that early intervention is directly linked with improved outcomes for children.
Psychometric / Educational Assessments
A full psycho-educational assessment is necessary if there are concerns about a child’s learning ability and/or educational performance. Reliable measures are employed to evaluate a child’s intelligence (cognitive abilities) and academic skills (such as reading, spelling, mathematics, written language and/or oral language skills). Formal assessment guides information regarding general intelligence (fluid and crystallized), impairments or weaknesses in cognitive functioning and identifies a learning profile that is helpful to support educational planning efforts. When there are concerns about a child’s intellectual ability and general independent functioning, further assessment to evaluate their adaptive behaviour (including communication, daily living skills, social and motor skills) is also undertaken.
Assessments for School Readiness
This assessment is typically performed before a child is due to commence school in order to determine if they are intellectually, emotionally and socially ready. A parent developmental history interview is undertaken as well as psychometric testing, clinical observations, a teacher interview (with consent) and, if warranted, kinder observations. A detailed written report is provided and the outcomes and recommendations are discussed in detail. This assessment can be a valuable platform from which to assist transition planning and facilitate school readiness.
Assessments for Behavioural Disorders
A behavioural assessment is necessary if there are concerns about a child’s attention, concentration and behaviour. While Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) are recognised conditions that are distinct from other presentations, they frequently overlap with other disorders, which can make diagnosis more complex. Information from home and school, as well as observations and the use of a number of clinical measures are central to a thorough assessment for behavioural disorders.
If you feel that your child may require an assessment, or if another professional has recommended it, please contact our office on (03) 9768 9990 to discuss your options.