Autism Assessment

Autism Specialists in Newcastle and Hunter Valley

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that includes a wide variety of symptoms with different levels of severity. Signs often appear early in the child's development. 

Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

If your child exhibits any of these behaviours you may want to schedule an assessment and learn how to better meet their needs. 
  1. Communication- Verbal & Non-verbal
  2. Difficulty understanding social behaviours
  3. Difficulty interacting with others
  4. Plays with toys in unusual ways 
  5. Exhibits repetitive motions 
  6. Sensitive to touch 
  7. Difficulty with Change

Communication

  • Talk about one topic for a long time
  • May say odd or inappropriate things
  • Doesn't make eye contact
  • Non-responsive when others talk to them
  • Doesn't talk or speech was late developing

    Social Interaction

    • Difficulty following social rules
    • May seem unfriendly to others
    • Do not appear to be listening when others speak to them
    • Difficulty understanding hand gestures & facial expressions

      Activities

      • Line their toys up instead of playing imaginatively
      • Obsessing over an specific item & carrying it around constantly
      • Collecting objects
      • Repetitive gestures such as rocking, hand-flapping, or spinning.
      • Sensitive to touch, taste & texture such as clothing tags

        Other

        • Difficulty with change
        • Difficulty with new situations
        • Sleep Problems
        • Rejecting physical affection, such as family members cuddling or hugging them. 

          What is the cause of Autism? 

          It is unclear of what causes Autism Spectrum Disorder. Studies show that genetics are an important factor. People with Autism Spectrum Disorder are also more likely to develop other mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. 

          How is Autism treated?

          There is no set treatment plan for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The treatment plan is based on the individual. That treatment includes therapy and may include medication to improve unwanted behaviours and lessen difficulties. Special Diets and supplements may also be used. 

          What is the Autism Assessment process?

          The Autism Diagnostic Assessments involves gathering information about your child's social communication SKILLS, functional ability and behaviours across a diverse range of settings. IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT AN INTELLECTUAL AND ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT IS ADMINISTERED SO TO DETERMINE THE MOST APPROPRIATE INTERVENTIONS. This assessment requires two sessions ALLOCATED FOR INTELLECTUAL AND ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT AND/OR structured play with your child observing and recording responses and behaviours using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The assessment will also require two sessions whereby an in-depth interview with parents regarding their child's development is recorded and scored using the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). ON SOME OCCASIONS A VISIT TO THE CHILD'S HOME, DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL OR SCHOOL IS REQUIRED.
          Autism Assessment PIcture
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