Autism assessments broadly serve two purposes. Firstly, the assessment can determine whether or not someone has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Secondly, if an individual already has a diagnosis of autism, the assessment can provide more detailed information to aide with applications for services (e.g., NDIS) and creating an individual support plan.

At Calvert and Associates Psychology, Dr Fiona Calvert provides comprehensive psychometric assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr Calvert’s assessment process includes diagnostic interviewing, test administration and interpretation, report preparation, and a feedback session. A comprehensive report is prepared after the assessment, which provides information on diagnosis, the individual’s strengths and problem areas, and recommendations about strategies and supports that may be of help.

Our Autism assessments often use the ‘gold standard’ Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R). However, we recognise that autism presents in unique ways for different people and we are particularly mindful of internalising presentations and the role of masking, where symptoms may be more nuanced. Accordingly, every assessment is individualised for each person or family’s unique needs. Other psychometric assessments may also be used, including a ‘lived experience’ clinical interview, intelligence testing, adaptive functioning measures, and mental health screeners.

The first step is an initial appointment (90 minutes), where Dr Calvert will collect relevant historical information and provide you with a suggested plan for the next steps. She may endorse proceeding to an Autism diagnostic assessment, or she may recommend a different assessment path, if appropriate.

Please contact our friendly reception team for more information about Autism assessments at our practice.