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    Default Can a phsychologist diagnose asperger's?

    My 3 year old son got a referral to a phsychologist from our gp cause he has some anger issues but I am concerned he shows many signs of asperger's. Can a phsychologist diagnose that?? Or do I need to go somewhere else?

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    It depends on the state and also the psychologist.
    In wa the diagnosis has to be done by a team of psych, speech path and paediatrician. In qld it can just be the paed. Some places also require an occupational therapist. Not sure about nsw but I know Aspect is an agency that does loads of diagnoses.
    Not every psych is also qualified to do it.

    It's not a diagnosis that is given lightly/quickly so you are on the right track by trying to address some behaviour problems. If strategies don't work or if the psych notices other issues then they may refer you on for further assessment.

    Good luck, I'm sure there are some other nsw hubbers who can give you more info.

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    My DS got his autism diagnosis in NSW. We saw a behavioural psychologist who did the bulk of the assessment. We also needed to see a speech pathologist and have an assessment done as well, despite there being no speech issues. I think it was just formalities as 2 specialist must sign the report.

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    What state are you in OP? As previous posters indicated, it depends

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    We are in NSW

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    I'd contact aspect.

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    In qld a psychologist or pead can diagnose... I personally had 2 peads and child psychologist diagnose. I just wanted more that one opinion tbh. I also had his OT agree with it. So I am fairly comfortable with his dx.
    But some peads and psychologists will pass the buck as they haven't done the extra training. Especially those who have moved from another state. But there is also an ADOS assessment done by a few different professionals up here too.

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    In SA, psychologists can't diagnose without the training so it's not 'passing the buck' as such. In SA, it has to be two diagnoses from an OT, psych, ped or speech pathologist approved by Autism SA

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    I meant more the ones up here. A couple especially :/ I found the private peads had a lot less interest and pass you on to someone else...(who he didn't like and *****ed about anyway?) but up here there are only 2-3 private as is. Publicly we had the 3 dx within 6 months and no passing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyboysMylife View Post
    I meant more the ones up here. A couple especially :/ I found the private peads had a lot less interest and pass you on to someone else...(who he didn't like and *****ed about anyway?) but up here there are only 2-3 private as is. Publicly we had the 3 dx within 6 months and no passing.
    I've found private paeds in NSW to be much the same. We were knocked by them over and over for reasons including: not wanting to deal with behavioural problems and not wanting to see a child who wasn't yet at school.
    Psychs seem to be less picky with who they see... we went with a private one- cost about $1300 all up for the assessment.
    I finally got a letter from a public paed today ( the referral was sent off in Jan), so looks like they are less picky but they just take a while.

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