About autism and developmental assessment

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition with varying levels of complexity and severity, and shares symptoms with a number of other developmental conditions, which means that assessment can be complex.

    For children aged 0-6 years, the process begins with a referral to the RCH Developmental and Autism Assessment Intake Coordinator, who will contact families to find out more about the family’s concerns to assist in allocating the patient to the most appropriate service.

    Depending on the patients’ needs, behaviours and prior assessments, services can range from a Paediatrician assessment in clinic to an intensive process involving a number of health professionals or very complex patients with multiple developmental conditions or extenuating social circumstances