We have a limited number of appointments available for new clients who are seeking counselling services (age 13+). To find out more information please contact reception on 8851 3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The wait list for an ASD assessment is approximately 3 months.
The ASD Clinic welcomes new clients, whether for diagnostic assessment of Autism or counselling services. Clients are welcome to access counselling support if they self-identify as Autistic, without a formal assessment or diagnosis.
Counselling sessions provide ongoing support and advice for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or family members. Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long. Shorter or longer sessions may be possible upon request.
Under some circumstances, with the appropriate referral from a Medical Practitioner such as a GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist, a Medicare rebate may apply for counselling sessions. Please click here for further information.
The ASD Clinic specialises in Diagnostic Assessments for people of all ages to confirm or exclude the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
A Diagnostic Assessment usually requires two appointments. The first appointment is for 90 minutes and may involve a Cognitive Assessment (IQ test) or ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule). During a cognitive assessment the Psychologist is looking for a pattern of strengths and weaknesses across several skills using a variety of tests. The ADOS is a play-based assessment used to assess a child's play and social communication skills.
The Psychologist will spend some time collating the results of the tests prior to Diagnostic Interview. Information obtained at this interview, especially the client's developmental history, contributes to the formulation of a diagnosis. If the client being assessed is a child, this appointment is for parents only and childcare elsewhere needs to be arranged by parents for that appointment time. If the client being assessed is an adult they are welcome to invite significant others such as their spouse, partner or parent/s to attend this appointment with them.
If the client has previously had a Cognitive Assessment (such as a WISC, WPPSI, or WAIS IQ test), this may be repeated so that the Psychologist can observe how the client responds to the tasks as they are presented to them.
The fee for a Diagnostic Assessment is inclusive of both appointments (Assessment Session and Diagnostic Interview) and a Diagnostic Report. The Diagnostic Report will be available approximately four weeks after the final appointment. Click here for details of our current fee schedules.
For people under 25 years old a Medicare rebate for part of the assessment fees may be available with the appropriate referral from a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist. For more information have a look at the Fees & Medicare Rebates page on our website.
A First Consultation DVD (length 103 minutes)
Drawing on his clinical experience and popular presentation style, Richard talks about the day to day challenges faced by people with Asperger's Syndrome and suggests a range of support strategies.