Updated: Mar 5
You may be thinking about having yourself or someone you care about assessed for autism spectrum disorder. It can be quite a daunting prospect and the outcome be lifechanging.
For some people it can be helpful and for others it can take some time to get used to the idea. For others there can be sadness about all the struggles they went through without any support or understanding before they were diagnosed. Sometimes a sense of loss or anger at what could have or should have been, but wasn't. Whichever way it goes, perceptions about self and other will be changed forever.
We will have a 2 hour interview when I will be asking questions about what life was like when the person was 4-5 years old. Most adults can remember quite clearly, often because of the criticisms they had received. Those memories and experiences can be stuck in our minds because of the sadness and sometimes trauma associated with getting into trouble and being told off frequently for the same things.
What happens after the interview?
After the interview, I take about 2 weeks to get the report scored and written up. We have another meeting for up to an hour to go over the report together. We always check spelling of names and dates as I may have made a mistake, which happens sometimes. Only God is perfect! We check the details are correct, and go through the scoring and what it means. You can make changes if I misunderstood what you meant or you want to add any more information. Sometimes memories come back after the interview or from talking to family members and that information can be added.
We spend quite a bit of time talking about what happens next and going over the NDIS recommendations together.
As I am a parent of a participant, my son, and I am a provider as a psychologist, I understand both sides and experiences of the NDIS and can help you find your way. It can be quite overwhelming and hard to know where to start.
If you have further questions, please free to ask either on email or just give us call. You will probably speak to Paul who can answer most of your questions. Ph: 08 9497 1548