Autism SA provides comprehensive multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments for individuals of all ages. The assessments are conducted by Psychologists and Speech Pathologists with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
ASD is a term used to describe a lifelong disorder that effects how an individual develops across several areas compared to other individuals the same age or developmental level. The key areas investigated and considered when diagnosing ASD are persistent impairments in social communication and social interaction together with restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities. The presentation of ASD varies considerably depending on factors such as an individual’s cognitive ability, age, communication skills and personality. No two individuals with ASD are the same.
Assessments involve a team of experienced professionals gathering information from all relevant and available sources, interaction with and observation of the individual being assessed and careful consideration of all the data in light of international diagnostic criteria (DSM5). Assessments may be conducted by a team of professionals in one setting or over a period of time by several professionals in different settings
Early diagnosis is preferable, but a diagnosis at any age will help individuals, their families and professionals recognise and understand the needs of the individual with ASD and assist with developing supports to optimise their potential.
If you have any questions regarding the diagnostic process, please do not hesitate to contact Info Line 1300 288 476