AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) ASSESSMENT - ADULTS

Clinical Psychologist Dr Miriam Kirby is an experienced autism assessor and a member of the Western Australian Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum (WAADF). She conducts diagnostic assessments for adults and also offers therapy/counselling for adults with an autism / Asperger's profile.

 

Miriam follows best-practice clinical guidelines for adult autism assessment and if required, will compile a comprehensive report that addresses the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She can also consult with your GP or psychiatrist regarding the diagnostic assessment. 

What does an autism assessment for an adult involve? 

An autism assessment with an adult generally takes place over an 8-10 week period, and includes:

Pre-diagnostic Assessment Interview

50 minutes

If you are referring yourself for an autism assessment (ie: you don't have a GP or psychiatrist referral), a pre-diagnostic assessment interview is recommended in order to discuss:

  • Reasons for and potential benefits of pursuing an assessment

  • What will be included in the assessment process if deemed beneficial

  • Completion of screening questionnaires

 

If you wish to proceed with the assessment, two assessment sessions will be scheduled.

Assessment Session #1

3 hours

 

Clinical interview with the adult who may have ASD to review relevant developmental, psychosocial and medical history, address the DSMV criteria for an autism spectrum disorder, and identify personal strengths and talents. Formal testing of cognitive skills will be completed if required or requested.

Assessment Session #2

3 hours

Clinical interview with a spouse, partner, parent or another family member for collateral information. Ideally, this is someone who knows the person well and can provide information about their developmental history and current functioning. Formal testing of adaptive skills may also be conducted if required (e.g., for access to funding or services).

Feedback Session

50 minutes

Comprehensive feedback regarding the assessment results, including clarification of whether the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder have been met and suggestions regarding support and resources that may be helpful.

 

How much does it cost? 

The full fee for an Adult Autism Assessment is $2300 which includes a detailed diagnostic report.

 

Payment for autism assessments can be made in instalments by prior agreement with our reception staff. However, full payment of the assessment and any report fees must be made before a detailed diagnostic assessment report is compiled.

 

Do Medicare rebates apply for adult autism assessments? 

No. Medicare rebates do not apply for adult autism assessment sessions but you may be able to claim a rebate from your private health insurer for assessment sessions. Please contact your insurer to clarify your eligibility.

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How can I find out more information?

If you have questions regarding autism assessments for adults, we would be happy to talk with you further about our approach.

 

Please feel free to call us on 9456 0411 or get in touch by email: info@amherstpsychology.com.au.

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