Where can an Autism assessment be done?
Autism assessments can be done by a government funded service for free. Or you may elect to have the assessment done privately. There is new Medicare funding to enable you to use private specialists for an assessment. Please go to the Medicare link for more information.
Medicare information on the Federal Government Helping Children with Autism Initiative
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
A government-funded service.
Bendigo CAMHS has an Autism assessment team consisting of a paediatrician, a psychologist, and a speech therapist. If your child has been identified with developmental concerns specific to Autism, referral to the service can be arranged through your local GP, Paediatrician, or by self-referral to CAMHS .
Ph: 1300 363 788
Time for a Future – Centre for Child Development
A private fee paying service.
This multi-disciplinary team provides a range of professional services to both children and adolescents with special needs and their families. Services include:
- assessment and diagnosis
- evidence based interventions
- individual child and family therapy
- autism parent education and skills training programs
- cognitive behaviour therapy
56 High St, Woodend
Ph: 03 5427 4052
Melbourne Children’s Clinic
A private fee-paying service.
This multi-disciplinary Autism assessment team consists of a Paediatrician, a Psychologist, and a Speech Therapist.
The ASD Clinic
Contact: Dr Richard Eisenmayer
Suite 2, 830 High Street
Kew East, Victoria, Australia 3012
Telephone (03) 8851 3600
Fax (03) 9857 0975
Adult and Specialist Assessment Clinics
Sharon Groch is a Melbourne based Private Psychologist working with adults in the area of Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis and therapy. Clinic addresses listed below:
110 Centre Dandenong Rd. Dingley Ph : 95582155
Level 3, 691 Burke Rd. Camberwell Ph: 9882 3244
What happens at a child assessment?
This is an outline of the procedure at Bendigo CAMHS. The process for private assessments may differ slightly.
Before the Assessment
The Coordinator of the Autism Diagnostic Assessment Service will contact you by phone for a “screening interview” – this enables the Coordinator to determine what assessments need to be completed. You will require: A recent cognitive or intellectual assessment administered by a psychologist. Then they may consult:
- A speech and language assessment conducted by a speech pathologist.
- Early intervention therapists
- Student service personnel who visit schools
- Private practitioners
The Autism Assessment
Now your child is ready for an Autism-specific assessment. If Bendigo CAMHS are doing the assessment, it will be held at the Autism Assessment Centre. This centre is located at 8 Wallace Avenue, Flora Hill. The assessment involves a specific session with your child and an extensive interview with the parents/caregivers. In keeping with what is considered best practice for diagnosing autism disorders, the Autism assessment is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of:
- a speech pathologist
- a psychologist
- a paediatrician.
This team will review various checklists and rating scales to make a diagnosis.
After the Assessment
Following the assessment parents receive the team’s diagnosis in the form of a report. Then parents can consult further with the team Coordinator to develop an understanding of the consequences of their child’s diagnosis. Several months after you receive a diagnosis, there is generally a further session offered to the parents. This provides the opportunity for parents to:
- have further queries addressed
- learn more about Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome
- discuss strategies for managing behaviours
The Coordinator can also visit your child’s school and meet with teachers to provide support and advice about Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.