Have you ever wondered if your child has ‘autism’ or are they ‘on the spectrum’? Has your GP or Paediatrician asked for an ASD Assessment?
At Relational Minds we take ASD assessments very seriously as identifying the problems is crucial to get help and support (eg. NDIS funding). However, we have to ensure that their symptoms can’t be explained by other factors.
The ASD assessment is completed by a multidisciplinary team of consisting at least of a child psychiatrist and a registered psychologist. A diagnosis is made by matching information from your child’s developmental history and current behaviour to the criteria described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-5).
These criteria focus on the following three areas:
- Reciprocal Social Interactions
- Restricted, Repetitive, and Stereotyped Behaviours and Interests
You may be asked to complete some initial screening tools. These tools will include:
- Social Responsiveness Scale, 2nd Edition (SRS-2)
- Developmental Behaviour Checklist Version 2 (DBC 2)
A speech and language assessment (specifically a Pragmatic Language assessment) is the first step required. If you require a recommendation for a speech pathologist who can do this assessment, please let us know. The team will then complete the diagnostic assessment by conducting observations, interviews and administer other assessments.
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You can call or use webchat if you are feeling suicidal, are affected by suicide or are worried about someone who you think is considering suicide to get support and help. The web chat option does require you to register and create a password, so there are a few steps to this in case this may add to your overwhelm.
If you’re experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide:
The Lifeline phone line is available 24/7. Their text line is open midday to midnight and requires you to answer some pre-survey questions to register to use the service. Text: 0477 13 11 14 Webchat is available 7pm-midnight and can be anonymous, there are questions, but they are not mandatory to answer.
For all ages.
If you have difficulties relating to your gender or sexuality, the Q-life service may be able to help.
Q-Life is a free anonymous phone or webchat service run by Switchboard. The service is open 3pm – midnight every day. They do not offer ongoing counselling, rather they can offer support regarding any issues you are having related to gender or sexuality that you would like to discuss anonymously.
- 1800 184 527
- www.switchboard.org.au/qlife for online chat