To conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s developmental concerns, there are a number of aspects to consider-
–medical assessment: conducted by a paediatrician to consider whether there are any medical or physical causes contributing to your child’s developmental difficulties
–functional assessment: a health professional to assess your child’s development and assess whether they are delayed and what supports they require
–diagnostic assessment: further assessment by a health professional to consider whether your child’s development and behaviour are best explained by a neurodevelopmental condition.
Individual consultations with a health professional can cover the above aspects, often over a number of appointments, or you may need to see multiple health professionals at different places.
Multidisciplinary consultations at our practice can cover all of the above aspects in one centre, and often at one appointment, and also provide a comprehensive treatment and management plan.
The National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism (https://www.autismcrc.com.au/access/national-guideline) states that a single health professional with experience in diagnosing Autism can diagnose children with obvious signs of autism, however for those who have less clear symptoms or who have other conditions that make the diagnosis more complicated, multidisciplinary assessments are considered best practice.
All our multidisciplinary assessments are conducted by a team of experienced and highly trained professionals, and will always include a Paediatrician and other health professionals (Psychologist and/or Speech Therapist).
Your child may require standardized tests specific to their needs. For some children these tests will be able to be completed at the initial appointment (particularly during multidisciplinary appointments), however, with some children, these will need to be conducted over subsequent appointments. Testing required is individualised for the child and family, and includes cognitive (IQ) testing, formal developmental assessment tools (e.g. Griffiths Scale of Child Development), and/ or using other forms of testing such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- 2nd Edition (ADOS-2)