Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong condition that is characterised by difficulties experienced in social interaction, communication, learning, repetitive behaviours and sensory sensitivities. Assessing for ASD allows parents, schools, heath care providers and other groups involved with the care of the child to know what type of treatment and intervention suits their needs based on the behaviours that the child displays.
A diagnostic assessment for autism or related difficulties is appropriate when there are concerns about a child’s communication and social skills and behaviour. We use the two best diagnostic assessment tools available; The measures are the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2).
The assessment involves a developmental history interview with the parents, administration of the ADI-R and ADOS-2, with consent a teacher interview, evaluation of results, provision of detailed written report and a consultation with the parents to discuss assessment outcomes identified needs and any recommended interventions.