Support For 

Parents

I know how hard it is to raise and care for a child with autism. I am a parent of an adult with autism and an intellectual disability as well as a psychologist.

I get you!

Support For Children With Autism

Living with autism can be really hard! Managing emotions can be one of the biggest challenges. Making friends and socialising can be hard too. Surviving bullying is often necessary.

Support For Adults With Autism

You've managed to survive childhood, got yourself a job and maybe a relationship. But you've always felt a bit different and had to work so hard to do each day. Socialising is a challenge, tolerating sensory things can be hard, and managing as well as understanding emotions.

Autism
Assessment

Maybe you're wondering if you or someone you love may have autism. I offer diagnosis using the most reliable measures available to date and following the national guidelines for the diagnosis of autism. You can find the guidelines here.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Autism Assessments can be done over zoom or in-person and are available Australia-wide. In addition to the report, I include a summary letter and NDIS recommendations. For adults, I also include the WHODAS 2.0 to support your NDIS application.

Assessment: $1950 

Sensory Assessment: $350

Click on the PDF for an adult autism screen you can do yourself. 

Great information at the link above from The Spectrum 

FAQs for assessments

 

Medicare Rebate information:

No Medicare rebates apply.   To claim the Medicare rebate the child must be present for sessions. As children are not present for the interview, the rebate does not apply. The four assessment sessions that can be referred by a paediatrician or a child psychologist can be used for a variety of allied health providers including speech pathology. 

Which assessment do you use?

I use the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised). It is one of the gold standard assessment tools available.  The questions focus on what the child/person was doing aged 4-5 years old. Adults can usually answer the questions. Parent input is welcome. 

Your child will not be present for the interview. You can speak freely and honestly when answering the questions. 

Is it accepted by the NDIS?

Yes. NDIS requires the diagnosis to be supported by a psychiatrist for adults, and for children, a paediatrician or child psychiatrist and a speech pathologist.

Can it be done over zoom or phone?

Yes

Why does it cost so much?

Read this blog post here.

How long to get the report?

Usually 2 weeks.

How do I pay?

Half the amount is paid as a deposit at the time of booking the secure the appointment. The balance is paid 48 hours before the assessment. Bank deposit is preferable as using a card incurs additional fees

What if I can't afford it?

If you live in Western Australia the Autism Association offers free assessments for people aged under 30 years old if they have a referral from a specialist. Find out more here.

Do I need to see anybody else?

Yes. You will also need to see a paediatrician or psychiatrist and possibly a speech therapist if you want to access the NDIS. If it's just for your own interest then you don't need anyone else to write you a report and do an assessment. 

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Why Do I Care?

I've found having a child with autism has been really hard. I've often felt like a failure - like I'm fighting a losing battle. Homelife has felt like a battleground. Parenting isn't at all what I expected! My recent research found that 31% of mothers of children with autism experience PTSD because of the challenging behaviours of their child. You can find my research here.

At the same time, as my understanding of autism has grown over the years, so has my compassion for my son. I wonder what it is like for him to get through each day not understanding what is going for him or others around him. 

Through life experience of over 30 years parenting and living with someone with autism, and eight years of full-time study to become a psychologist I have a rich insight and understanding of autism. 

Autism is tough on everyone! The person with autism, the people who love and care for them, siblings, and the services and institutions like schools and workplaces that try to accommodate it. 

If you need support on your journey, whether you're a carer or someone living with autism, at Sunshine Psychology you'll find compassion, understanding, experience and expertise.