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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is it and how it works?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a range of symptoms and levels of disability that can significantly vary from one individual to another, hence the term “spectrum.”

Key characteristics of autism include:

  1. Social Communication and Interaction Difficulties: Individuals with autism often face challenges understanding and engaging in social interactions. They might have difficulty interpreting verbal and non-verbal cues like facial expressions and body language, making it hard to form and maintain relationships. Social nuances, such as humour or sarcasm, can be challenging.
  2. Repetitive Behaviors and Restricted Interests: People with autism may display repetitive movements (such as rocking or hand-flapping), have specific routines they insist on, or be intensely focused on particular topics of interest.
  3. Sensory Sensitivities: Many with autism have heightened or reduced sensitivity to sensory inputs like light, sound, touch, or taste. This can lead to either seeking or avoiding specific sensory experiences.

Autism’s impact on an individual’s functioning and daily life can range from mild to severe. Some may require significant support daily, while others might live independently and have successful careers. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to autism, and each individual’s experiences and needs can be unique.

Early intervention and tailored support strategies can significantly improve outcomes for autistic individuals, helping them develop essential social, communication, and life skills.

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Our comprehensive assessment process involves:

1

Pre-assessment

  • A developmental and background history form is completed by parents or carers via a link we will send you.
  • A review of any previous assessments, specialist reports, or relevant documentation to assist our psychologists gain a better understanding of the clients’ needs and difficulties.
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On the assessment day or days

  • A thorough interview is conducted with parents or carers and separately with the clients, lasting up to 2 hours. This session is led by a clinical psychologist or a senior medical practitioner specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry.
3

Post Assessment

  • A 20-minute discussion with a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist is arranged to review and endorse the assessment findings. This session ensures clarity and understanding of the results for parents and young individuals.
  • Parents and the young individual are also offered a psychoeducational session. This session focuses on explaining the diagnosis and discussing beneficial interventions, providing a clear understanding of the following steps and available support.
  • A comprehensive report is provided four weeks post-assessment, detailing the results and offering recommendations for support and accommodations. These reports are thorough, and they can be submitted to the NDIS when a diagnosis is confirmed.

How can we help you?

We recognize the individuality of each young person and their unique needs. Our approach to care is centred around the individual, emphasizing respect, meticulous attention, and professional expertise. We customize our services to align perfectly with your specific circumstances and requirements.

Operating Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm Sat: 8am - 2pm

Location

1070 Hay Street, West Perth, 6005

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