Autism Assessments

One Central Health provides all three aspects of an Autism Assessment:

  • Paediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Speech Pathology

One Central Health conducts all aspects of Autism Assessments with some availability for telehealth assessments as well.

To start the process of an Autism Assessment, you need a referral from a paediatrician.

Autism Assessments

To start the process of an Autism Assessment, you need a referral from a paediatrician.

Once the paediatrician refers you to our Autism Assessment team, your child will be booked into a joint session with one of our psychologists and speech pathologists for an assessment. You will also be booked in for a parent/caregiver interview. Additional information is gathered from therapists and teachers.

Then a comprehensive report is prepared to address the DSM-5 criteria for ASD.

Please note: to see one of our paediatricians you will need a referral from your General Practitioner (GP).

Autism Assessment Process at One Central Health

Step 1: Visit your GP and have them send a paediatrician referral to One Central Health.

Step 2: Call us to book in your appointment with one of our paediatricians.

Step 3: Attend your paediatrician consultation and receive a referral for an Autism Assessment.

Step 4: Book in your autism assessment with One Central Health.

Step 5: Attend your autism assessment and receive a comprehensive report and diagnosis.

Step 6: Speak to the One Central Health team to create an ongoing treatment and therapy plan with our comprehensive range of paediatric and allied health services.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

ASD, or commonly just referred to as autism, is a developmental disorder. Autism can affect communication, behaviour, and social functioning. Due to the fact that symptoms are commonly recognised during the early years of a child’s life, most autism diagnoses are made on children, but individuals can be diagnosed at any age.

What are the symptoms of ASD?

There are a lot of potential symptoms of ASD. Some of the more common signs include:

  • Lack of eye contact.
  • Inability to engage in conversation.
  • Limited social awareness.
  • Difficulty understanding the moods and actions of others.
  • Specific and excessive yet limited interests.
  • Behaviour repetition.
  • Reliance on strict routine.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Developmental issues.

This list is by no means exhaustive or conclusive. We strongly recommend seeing your General Practitioner if you think your child may have ASD.

What does it mean that autism is a spectrum?

Individuals diagnosed with ASD can experience a wide range of symptoms with differing levels of severity. No diagnosis of ASD or experience is exactly the same.

How is ASD treated?

Autism can be treated in a number of ways. Medication can be used to treat certain symptoms, such as aggressive behaviour, hyperactivity, anxiety, or attention issues.

Additionally, therapy—including psychology, occupational therapy, speech, and behaviour therapy—is used to help both clients diagnosed with ASD and their families.

One Central Health provides comprehensive autism assessment and therapy services across a range of allied health disciplines.

What is the DSM-5?

The DSM-5 is the method with which mental disorders are diagnosed. Developed and regulated by the American Psychiatric Association in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (hence the name DSM-5) this method ensures consistent and reliable diagnoses, and is the standard by which all mental disorder assessments are measured.

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