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Autism Testing and Assessment Services

At Growth Minded Psychology, we specialize in comprehensive autism spectrum disorder (ASD) testing and assessment services. Julian O’Sullivan, our experienced psychologist, is dedicated to accurately diagnose autism, and to providing personalized support for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition, which can affect education, work, social life and relationships. Early and accurate autism spectrum disorder diagnosis is crucial for effective intervention and support. Indeed, early detection through accurate autism spectrum assessment improves the likelihood of positive outcomes for people with ASD as they enter adulthood.

Our Autism Testing Services

Our autism testing services are thorough and tailored to each individual. We use a combination of ASD assessment tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R) for parents and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) for the individual being assessed, to provide a comprehensive autism evaluation.

The ADI-R and ADOS-2 Autism Assessment Testing Tools

The ADI-R is the backbone of comprehensive autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. It is a structured interview completed with either or both parents or caregivers of the individual undergoing assessment for autism spectrum disorder. It focuses on the individual’s behavior and development, providing valuable information for the diagnostic process.

The ADOS-2 is a diagnostic observation tool used to assess the individual directly. It involves a series of activities that allow the diagnostician to observe the examinee’s social interaction, communication, play, and imaginative use of materials. When adults are assessed using the ADOS, interview questions are integrated to assess the different autism criteria as well.

For further information about gold standard comprehensive autism assessment, you may be interested in this video in which, Dr Catherine Lord, co-creator of ADI-R and the ADOS-2 talks about autism diagnosis:

What to Expect During the Autism Assessment

Our autism assessment process is conducted at our autism evaluation center and is designed to be thorough and respectful. It involves:

1) Parent Interview (ADI-R)

To get tested for autism, a detailed interview with the parents or caregivers to gather essential background information and developmental history. Please allow for up to 3-4 hours+ for this interview. Length of interview can vary considerably depending on various factors such as the family’s circumstances, age of child and so on. It is advised that young children not attend the clinic on this day and child care arrangements be made prior.

2) Diagnostic Observation (ADOS-2)

An observation session with the individual being assessed to evaluate social interaction, communication, and behavior. The ADOS-2 involves a variety of play based activities (for younger people). For adolescents and adults there are also come interview questions throughout the ADOS in addition to aged appropriate play based activities. Parents of younger children are needed to remain present at the clinic during testing, as they can often be required at different stages of the ADOS-2.

3) Additional Information Gathering

Following the parent interview and diagnostic observation, Julian may contact other care figures, such as educators or teachers, for further insights. This is useful for gathering information about diagnostic signs and symptoms from another perspective. It also helpful for testing the criteria of whether the persons symptoms impact their ability to adapt to different settings such as school, work, social life and so forth, which is a key element of the DSM-5 definition of autism spectrum disorder.

3) Scoring and Interpretation

Julian will spend the next 2-5 weeks scoring and interpreting the results from the ADI-R and ADOS-2, incorporating all information collected into a comprehensive written report.

4) Feedback Session

The report will be made available at a feedback session approximately 2-5 weeks after the ADOS-2 session, where Julian will discuss the findings and recommendations for support and intervention.

Choosing the Right Autism Assessment Center

Selecting the right center for private ASD assessment is crucial for accurate autism diagnosis and effective support. At Growth Minded Psychology, we pride ourselves on being a leading autism evaluation center, offering quality private autism assessment, testing and diagnosis services by experienced professionals like Julian O’Sullivan.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the process to get tested and diagnosed for autism near me?

A: At Growth Minded Psychology, we offer comprehensive autism diagnostic evaluations. Our process involves a detailed parent interview using the ADI-R and observation using the ADOS-2. The ADI-R session can last between 1.5 and 4+ hours. Please allocate enough time for this. The ADOS session usually only takes an hour but can be between 1-2 hours typically. After the ADOS session, Julian will contact other stakeholders, collate and interpret the information collected, write the report (takes 2-5 weeks), which is provided and discussed at a final feedback session at the end.

The process for adult autism assessment, can be the same as described above. However, it is understood that some cannot involve parents for whatever reason. In such cases, Julian would begin with an ADOS-2 evaluation of the adult being  assessed. Then Julian will seek out as much detail as possible about earliest signs of autism in the adults early development. This can be sought through interviewing the examinee about this. Information may be sought from loved ones, medical professionals, or previous medical records where available.

Q: What is the cost of an autism diagnostic assessment?

A: The cost of our autism psychological testing and evaluation is approximately $1840. Please contact our reception for the most up-to-date pricing.

Q: How long does the autism testing and assessment process take?

A: The assessment is conducted over two testing days to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. See further details about this above.

Q: Can adults be assessed for autism?

A: Yes, we provide autism assessments for individuals of all ages, including adults. See information above.

Q: What happens after the autism assessment?

A: After the assessment, we provide a detailed report with a diagnosis (if applicable) and recommendations for support and intervention.

Q: How do I prepare my child for the autism assessment?

A: Ensure your child is well-rested and comfortable. Explain that they will be meeting with a friendly psychologist who will play some games and ask questions to learn more about them. As mentioned, it is best for adults to attend the parent interview without children present. During the ADOS-2, parents are encouraged to come to the clinic, since they may be involved in the process at times. Children could be informed of this to help allay any fears they may have.

Q: Can I be present during my child’s autism testing?

A: Parents are typically involved in the initial interview process. We will discuss the best approach for your child’s assessment day to ensure an accurate and comfortable evaluation.

Q: Is the autism assessment covered by insurance or funding schemes?

A: Coverage varies depending on your insurance policy or funding scheme. We recommend contacting your provider to inquire about eligibility and coverage. Medicare rebates are available for the in person assessment and feedback sessions. This applies to under 18s. Medicare is not available for the written report component of the overall fee.

Q: How long does it take to receive the results of the autism assessment?

A: The time frame for receiving results can vary. We strive to provide the results and a comprehensive report within 2-6 weeks following the final assessment session at the clinic.

Supporting Your Journey Post-Diagnosis

Receiving an autism diagnosis is a significant step. We provide ongoing support and guidance to help individuals and families navigate the journey post-diagnosis, including referrals to our autism assessment and treatment center and professional autism assessment services.

Schedule Your Autism Assessment Today

If you’re seeking autism testing and assessment services, contact Julian O’Sullivan at Growth Minded Psychology today. We are committed to providing personalized and compassionate care for individuals and families navigating the complexities of autism.

Contact Information

Growth Minded Psychology Werribee

Phone: 03 9123 1266

Fax: 03 7047 9933

Email: enquiries@growthminded.com.au

Address: 267 Princes Highway, Werribee, 3030