Autism

Autism refers to a spectrum of difficulties typically characterised by social, behavioural and communication deficits. ​


Autism is on a spectrum due to the many different combinations of genetic and environmental influences and this will result in every child with autism having a distinct set of challenges and strengths. ​


These difficulties are split into: ​


  • A – Social and Communication​ problems

  • B – Behavioural ​problems


When you contact ChiLD, we will send you a form asking you some general questions about your child. We will then contact you for a consultation and at this time we will send you some screening questionnaires. During this consultation you will have the opportunity to tell us about you, your family and your child.


During this consultation we will ask you and later your child’s teacher to complete The Autism Spectrum Rating Scale. You will also need to complete an Adaptive Behaviour Scale which identifies your child’s daily living skills, this is necessary for an Autism diagnosis. We will also conduct a school visit to assess behaviour at school and observe your child in a different setting. A very high proportion of children with Autism also have anxiety. If applicable, we will ask you to complete the Anxiety Scale for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and also complete a measure of global self-worth by measuring both positive and negative feelings about the self. The WISC-V is a comprehensive intellectual ability assessment for children and we use it to assess for intellectual disability, intellectual giftedness and specific learning disabilities. The WISC-V is frequently used to examine cognitive functioning in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Once the full assessment is complete we will write a comprehensive report and you then have the option to meet with us, your child’s teacher, plus other specialists to discuss a team around your child.


Autism Spectrum Rating Scale (ASRS). The ASRS provides the first nationally standardized, norm-referenced ASD Rating Scale. This multi-informant measure is designed to help identify symptoms, behaviors, and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in children and adolescents ages 2 to 18.


Adaptive Behavior Assessment System Third Edition (ABAS-3) gives a complete picture of adaptive skills across the lifespan. It is particularly useful for evaluating those with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, learning disabilities, neuropsychological disorders, and sensory or physical impairments. 


The Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children — Fifth Edition (WISC-V) is a cognitive ability measure known across the world. The WISC-V was developed for use with children between the ages of 6 and 16, and is used to obtain a comprehensive assessment of general intellectual functioning in the context of various types of evaluations.