Autism Assessment & Support in Williamstown
At times, an assessment is suggested or required to better understand your child and to tailor their treatment plan. Some common assessments are:
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Assessment to determine whether a child or young person is on the Autism Spectrum requires evaluation by a team of professionals who are experienced in the diagnosis of ASD. This will often involve a Paediatrician, Psychologist and Speech Therapist. As the Psychological component of a comprehensive assessment, we are trained in the administration of gold standard assessment tools and will use a variety of observation methods as required. Assessment typically occurs over two to three sessions, however these sessions can sometimes occur on the same day (parental interview and child observation run concurrently). The assessment includes a written report which outlines formulation, and recommendations to help inform treatment planning.
Cognitive or Intellectual Assessment
A cognitive assessment may be requested to determine a child’s overall intellectual functioning, and to gain an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. A cognitive assessment will consist of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) for children aged between 2 years, 6 months and 7 years, 7 months. For children aged 6 years through to 16 years of age, the years, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) would be used. Both assessments will provide an indication of a child’s overall IQ, and a description of their strengths and weaknesses. This assessment may inform diagnosis of Intellectual Disability, giftedness and learning difficulties. This assessment may be completed over one to two sessions, and includes a written report.
The Vineland III is used to assess a young person’s adaptive behaviour, and often forms a part of an assessment of Intellectual Functioning or Intellectual Disability. This assessment is completed via questionnaire and the child is not required to be present. This assessment includes a written report.