Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

About the Assessment

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, and play. It provides a series of standardised contexts in which the individual’s social; communication and repetitive; stereotyped behaviours can be observed. It has been designed to assist in the diagnosis of Autism and pervasive developmental disorders.

The ADOS-2 is only one component of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment.

The ADOS can be completed by someone who has completed the standardised training at a certified institution. The clinician can be a Psychologists, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Speech Pathologist, provided they have completed the essential training.

Assessment Process

Children

The assessment is usually carried out through two appointments:

  • First session is a parent session where an understanding of your child’s background and history will be gained. This appointment can last between 60 to 120 minutes. Please bring along any reports or information you feel will be beneficial. 
  • Second session is with your child where the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) will occur. A number of diverse activities will be undertaken with your child over the course of a 60mins period, assessing how your child interacts, communicates and behaves throughout. One of the tasks will involve seeing how your child interacts at “snack time.” This will involve the practitioner giving your child a snack. This can be provided by us or if your child has dietary requirements, this can be proved by yourself. Your child will also need a water bottle.

Following the completion of sessions, a detailed report will be completed, usually within two to four weeks.

Adults

The assessment is usually carried out through two appointments:

  • First Session is where the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) will occur. A number of diverse activities will be undertaken over the course of a 60mins period, assessing how you interact, communicate and behave throughout.

    A further discussion will be undertaken to discuss your history. A number of questionnaires will also be given to you to complete and return prior to the completion of a report. These questionnaires are usually for you to complete, as well as another adult. They will assist with the diagnosis process, providing additional information.

    Following the completion of the session, a detailed report will be completed, usually within two to four weeks.
  • Second session A second session can occur, to discuss the outcome and the report, answering any questions you may have

Pricing

Sometimes a rebate maybe applicable. Please check with your private health fund to see whether you are eligible for a rebate. Alternatively, you maybe able to obtain a referral from your General Practitioner or Paediatrician which may assist with obtaining a rebate from Medicare.

ADOS assessment – $180

Subsequent appointment – $180 per hr

Report – $395

If you would like to proceed with the appointment, please respond via email or by giving us a call on 0499 688 955. Please provide your child’s name, date of birth and any information regarding their level of speech as this will impact on which module is administered.  

We will also need a copy of the referral any other relevant reports to assist us with the process.

If you would like to discuss any further information, please feel free to contact the office.