Our autism assessment utilises the dual assessment approach. Our Clinical Psychologist, Sarah Kordick, and Speech Pathologist, Lynda Barclay work together to come to a consensus in diagnosing autism. The dual assessment approach is necessary to access support through Autism SA. Sarah and Lynda have many years’ experience in the assessment of children, teenagers, and adults across a wide range of behavioural and developmental areas. Additionally, they have undergone extensive training through Autism SA to be able to offer diagnostic services to both children and adults.
We assess all aspects of behaviour, development and history to determine whether an individual meets the criteria for a diagnosis of autism or if there are any other alternative explanations for the presenting behaviours. Our clinicians do this through structured interviews, direct observation of behaviour, and by using standardised clinical assessment tools. In some cases it may also be necessary to conduct observations at a childcare or school.
You will be provided with a comprehensive report which will outline how the person meets the criteria for autism and includes a range of recommendations to support the person depending on their needs. These recommendations include a range of services such as psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy and other services as identified. Where someone is eligible for NDIS funding, these services may be funded through NDIS.