If you are considering an autism assessment for your child, you may be concerned about helping them to cope with the assessment itself. The good news is that through careful preparation and consistent encouragement you can greatly enhance your child’s ability to manage the assessment process and ensure that useful insights and recommendations are gained.

If your child has been displaying symptoms that are in line with the autism spectrum, getting a detailed assessment and diagnosis can help you understand the severity of the condition and plan for the next steps in terms of obtaining the right care and support for them and the whole family.

Before beginning the process of autism assessment, it is essential for you to understand the potential difficulties and challenges your child may face when completing required tasks or attending interviews, so that you can support them in having a positive experience.

Understanding The Child Autism Assessment Process

The autism spectrum is complex and symptoms cannot be determined by your child completing a single, straightforward test. For this reason, child autism assessments typically involve a series of evaluations and tests performed by multidisciplinary teams or specialists during 2-3 appointments.

Most assessments involve direct interactions between the mental health professional and your child, typically structured in the form of play-based assessment procedures referred to as a Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Some assessments may require your child to complete cognitive, or ‘thinking skill’ tests.

A comprehensive developmental evaluation process is performed by a developmental paediatrician, child psychologist, speech-language pathologist, or an occupational therapist. The process involves observation, structured tests and you will also be required to fill out questionnaires and provide required inputs regarding your child’s behaviour and development.

While different mental health professionals use a variety of assessment tools and techniques, the guidelines laid out by The National Autism Plan for Children specifies that the autism assessment for children should include:

Preparing Yourself For The Child ASD Assessment Process

The assessment process can take some time and be quite stressful for your child if they are not fully prepared for the sessions. It could be beneficial to plan ahead with these steps:

We understand that going through this process can be difficult and feel overwhelming. If you would like to speak to our caring staff to get more information or simply clear your doubts, we are happy to help.

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