AUTISM DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT FOR ADULTS & ADOLESCENTS
Our Clinical Neuropsychologist Juhi Sanghavi is an experienced autism assessor. She conducts diagnostic assessments for adults and children aged 13+. Juhi also offers therapy/counselling for adults with an Autism/Asperger's profile.
Juhi 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 a 6-8 week period, and includes:
Pre-diagnostic Assessment Interview (50 minutes)
Perhaps you're not sure whether you need or would benefit from a comprehensive autism diagnostic assessment and you'd like to talk with Juhi about the appropriateness of an assessment. You can just book a pre-diagnostic assessment interview to help you decide.
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 required 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 required
If you wish to proceed with the assessment, two assessment sessions will be scheduled as follows:
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. This is conducted with only the client present.
A semi-structured standardised assessment of the adult’s communication skills, social interactions and behaviours will also be conducted (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, ADOS2). Formal testing of cognitive skills will be completed if required or requested. However, this will incur an additional fee.
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. The client is not present for this interview.
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. Clients are welcome to bring a significant other or a support person to this session if they wish.
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a doctor's referral for an adult autism assessment. However, if you don't have a referral our receptionist will book a pre-diagnostic assessment interview only, so you can meet with Juhi and discuss the appropriateness of a full diagnostic assessment prior to booking any assessment sessions.
If you have a written referral from your GP or Psychiatrist, please forward it to our reception and they will help you book the full set of assessment appointments.
How much does it cost?
The full fee for an Adult Autism Assessment is $2400 which includes a detailed diagnostic report. The report can also be sent to your referring practitioner, if applicable or requested. Please note, if you attend a pre-diagnostic assessment interview, the session fee is additional ($245).
Please note, payment of the full assessment fee must be made prior to the assessment.
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.
How can I find out more information?
If you have questions regarding our autism assessments for adults, we would be happy to talk with you further about our approach.