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    Default Autism testing

    Just wondering what's involved in testing for autism, what kind of test do they do etc.?


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    For my DS who is 5 there was a speech assessment, play based assessment/ child only session with psych, IQ test, online quiz for parents, parent only session with psych, online quiz for teacher and further correspondence via email.
    I think that was the bulk of it.

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    Oh wow that seems like a long process, what time was that spread over?


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    It takes a long time... basically to get the diagnosis we had to be assessed by 3 different health professionals, ( we had the child psych, speech pathologist and Occupational therapist) and to get to that stage we had to have a report from another speechy, another OT, and the Paediatrician...it took a year in total.

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    My nephews diagnosis took well over a year. My SIL says they don't like to label kids under 3 so she had to manage him with a kiddie therapist and a pediatrician for 6 months before they could actually refer him. He is 4 this week and all the occupational therapy etc has done wonders

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    Oh wow I had no idea it was such a long process, my boy is very young (2 in August), but is showing signs, the biggest being that he does not speak an English word.
    But thank you ladies, it may even take longer for him to be diagnosed as he is a lot younger.
    Our GP has given us referrals to the paediatrician and hearing specialist, and did also mention that we would be seeing a speech therapist.


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    My son was diagnosed with Autism 2 weeks ago, we had to get a referral from my gp to a paediatrician who we then had a hour appointment with and we were then referred to headstart intervention services and had 2 1.5 hours appointments with a psychologist. We had an iq test done and she asked me lots of questions about my sons behaviour etc. It took me about 8 months in total to get my son diagnosed, and he's nearly 6.

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    Our diagnosis took 5 sessions with psychologist and the assessment with the speech pathologist.
    You only need to see at least 2 different health professions to have the report completed and signed and be eligible for funding.
    All up it took 2 to 3 months. It would have been less if I could have been more flexible with my appointment times though.
    I had previously collected documentation from the daycare and then school which was apparently really helpful.

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    In WA you are going to need appointments with at least a paediatrician, speech pathologist and psychologist (the speechie and psych have to be specifically trained in autism assessment). You don't need an occupational therapist to make the diagnosis in wa.

    Sometimes the paed might want to see your child a few times before they make the referral to the speech & psych, or they might want you to do a period of x months/sessions of speech therapy first to see how he looks after he has developed some language.

    Or of course if the paed feels strongly that there are signs of autism then they might make the referral straight away and you could get the whole thing done and dusted in 6-8 weeks (that is if you go private for the speech & psych part, it will cost you ball park $1200-$1500 for that part of the assessment but you should be able to get in fairly quickly).
    If you go public there is no cost and the waitlist is about 4-6 months from the time the paed makes the referral.

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    Each state has different assessment requirements which is why everyone's experience varies so much.
    If you look up the West Australian Autism Diagnosticians Forum they have more info on their website or there is a Facebook group called WA Special Families which is useful too

    Am presuming from your profile that you're in WA


 

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