Autism assessments designed to help you succeed.

Autism spectrum disorder (ADOS-2) Assessments for adults, children and adolescents in Melbourne.

Autism  assessments designed to

help you succeed

Autism spectrum disorder (ADOS-2) Assessments for adults, children and adolescents in Melbourne.

Adult and child autism assessments

Making a decision to have

an assessment can be daunting.

 

But it doesn’t have to be.

We are here to help you when you want to take the step to have an autism assessment at our Melbourne offices.

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Deciding whether to have an autism assessment?

You might have seen or heard something about autism and thought, ‘Hey, I’m like that!’, or maybe a friend or family member has suggested you or your child might be ‘on the spectrum’. Either way, a diagnosis can often help you to understand the world around you and give you some support in certain areas of your life.

We have included most of the information about autism assessments on this page to help you with your decision.

Keep scrolling down!

What is autism?

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. At the moment, the cause of ASD  is mostly unknown.

People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from other people, and sometimes there is not much difference at all.

Sometimes people with ASD become skilled at ‘masking’, which means they hide certain behaviours or characteristics in order to be accepted.

In some cases, a person with ASD might be nonverbal and need a lot of help with their daily life, and other people can work and live with fewer support requirements.

Our team recognise everyone is different and use a person centred approach to ensure you “are seen” and understood. We work with individuals who identify as gender diverse and celebrate this diversity.

The medical community still has much to learn about ASD, but these days, we are much better at assessing and diagnosing, and offering solutions to tackling everyday challenges.

We have covered some more questions you may have about autism in our blogs listed below.​

What are the benefits of having an autism assessment?

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Knowledge is power

Understanding how you learn helps you master what to learn.

Knowing ‘how you are smart’ is powerful information.

It can identify your talents and strengths and help you decide how and what to study.

What kind of work may make the most of your abilities.

How to turn your interests into a fulfilling career.

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Diagnose your difficulty

Understanding why you struggle can help you focus on finding solutions.

Identifying why some skills come easily to you, and some don’t is beneficial.

Reduce overwhelm

Learn strategies and skills to help you manage at life

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Find your allies

We don’t believe in labels and limits. We’ll work with you to help you realise your potential, whatever your assessment reveals.

Our team is trained to work with clients who identify with neurodiversity, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties, or educational developmental delays.

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We understand everyone’s lived experience of ASD is different and we treat everybody as valued and unique.

What is an ADOS-2?

 

You might have heard of an autism spectrum disorder assessment being referred to as ADOS, which stands for Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.

ADOS-2 is a standardised diagnostic test for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and this test is the current gold standard for assessment. 

At Boutique Psychology, our Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments are designed to help you succeed.

The goal of an evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder is to assess the level of support an autistic person might need to find the neurotypical world more accessible.

Our Autism assessments provide comprehensive feedback on what supports could be helpful in assisting individuals to improve their overall quality of life and have more positive social and emotional outcomes.

Our qualified and experienced Melbourne team is trained to work with clients who identify with neurodiversity, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties, or educational developmental delays and more.

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We offer empathetic and skilful ASD Assessments for clients who identify as neurodiverse.

Your assessment will help you discover

  • What’s getting between you and learning success

  • How your brain likes to learn

  • How to feed your brain information in ways it loves to process

  • Why some skills come easily to you, and some don’t

At your autism assessment, a member of our qualified and experienced Melbourne team will ask you a lot of questions and work through information with you, to learn more about you.

Autism is a lifelong condition and we will help you to work out ways to live well with your diagnosis or, if we think it could be something other than ASD, work with you to discover what might be happening for you.

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We offer empathetic and skilful psychoeducational and autism assessments for clients who identify  as neurodiverse.

How long does the assessment take?

Depending on your needs, we can complete your assessment in one session or several sessions over a longer period.  Sessions can take up to 2 hours.

What does the assessment involve?

 

We don’t do ‘one size fits all’ assessments. Your psychologist will tailor your assessment and the tools to suit your needs.

Your psychologist will ask you to answer a series of standardised questions, sometimes on an iPad, sometimes using pen and paper.

We produce an easy-to-read report. When your report is ready, you and your psychologist will meet to give you feedback, discuss the report and answer your questions.

The Boutique Psychology team is trained to support you in dealing with learning difficulties and educational or developmental delays.

How does the assessment work?

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Step One : We’re listening

  • We’ll begin by talking about your experience, your history and concerns.

     

  • We discuss your development and experience as a learner.

  • Tell us where you see strengths and stumbling blocks.

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Step Two : Assessing your skills

Based on what we discover in our discussion, we’ll assess a range of skills, including:

  • Visual and verbal problem solving

  • Remembering and processing information

  • Reading, writing and maths skills

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Step 3 Evaluating and reporting

You’ll meet with your assessing psychologist to get detailed feedback and a comprehensive, easy-to-read report.

We schedule this session for between two and three weeks after your assessment.

How much does an autism assessment cost?

*There are currently no publicly funded adult assessment clinics in Victoria.

$1750 – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADOS-2) assessment.

$2800 – for a full comprehensive assessment.

Cancelling and rescheduling

We make meticulous preparations for your assessment appointment. If you need to reschedule the date or time, please give us at least 48 hours notice.

Cancellations or changes within 48 hours will incur a $428.82 fee added to your assessment cost.

After my diagnosis can I get support from NDIS?​

To get support under an NDIS plan, you will need a diagnosis of autism from a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, such as a member of our team.

If you’re an NDIS  participant diagnosed with psychosocial disabilities, you may be eligible to include Psychology Services in your NDIS plan. Psychology is covered in the support category “Improved Daily Living Skills” in your plan’s Capacity Building section.

Information on Medicare, NDIS and rebates.

Check out our FAQ page for any other questions you may have about Medicare and Mental Health Care Plans.

Other resources on autism assessments

Check out these easy to navigate information pages.

https://www.autismawareness.com.au/diagnosis/adults/getting-a-diagnosis

https://www.amaze.org.au/understand-autism/assessment-and-diagnosis/

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If you are looking for an autism assessment, contact our Melbourne office to make an appointment and we will look at your options together.

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