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Parents are typically the first to notice that their child is showing unusual behaviours. Some of these behaviours include failing to make eye contact, not responding to their name or playing with toys in an unusual or repetitive way. Other signs may include minimal smiling or joy evident within the first 6 months, delayed speech development or loss of social skills. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can also be diagnosed later in life, often on the back of learning difficulties, social challenges or emotional difficulties. Diagnosis as a result of an Autism Diagnostic Assessment can be overwhelming but it can also provide relief for parents and caregivers to provide greater understanding of their child’s behaviour, and allows for the implementation of early intervention strategies and support to enhance a child’s well-being

Sage administers the gold standard testing tools of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule–2 (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) for all children requiring an autism diagnostic assessment.  

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule–2 (ADOS-2)
The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, play, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. By observing these behaviours, you can obtain information that informs diagnosis, intervention, treatment planning, and educational placement. The ADOS-2 can be used to evaluate almost anyone suspected of having ASD — from a toddler with minimal speech to an adult who is verbally fluent.

The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)
The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) is a highly recognised evaluative measure for diagnosing ASD.  We use this systematic interview tool as part of the comprehensive evaluation which includes the ADOS-2, clinical observation and additional evaluation measures for diagnosing ASD. The ADI-R allows for a systematic developmental history to be collected for individuals being evaluated for ASD. 

The Adaptive Behavior Assessment System – Third Edition (ABAS)

It can be helpful to assess daily living skills in conjunction with a diagnosis of ASD for support planning. Assessment via the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System – Third Edition (ABAS-3) on the ten Adaptive Skill Areas of Communication, Community Use, Functional Pre-Academics, Home Living, Health and Safety, Leisure, Self-Care, Self-Direction, Social, and Motor Skill allows comparison with age-related norms. ABAS scores help describe one's general adaptive behaviour as well as their functioning in the ten related adaptive skill areas. These skill areas encompass the practical, everyday skills required to function and meet environmental demands, including those needed to effectively and independently care for one's self and to interact well with others. 

At Sage, our Principal Clinical Psychologist is trained to administer Autism Diagnostic Assessments for children, adolescents and adults, and will collaborate with other specialists that are involved with your child or yourself to incorporate all relevant information in their determination to provide you with formal results and recommendations.

To learn more or to book an assessment, call Sage Clinical Psychology on 0458 507 772 or contact us here

Autism Diagnostic Assessments