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Developmental Intake, part of our new Stepped Care Project, provides a single point of entry for all patient referrals or queries relating to child development, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Wait times exist and do vary for different services. At times, waits for specific clinics can be in excess of 1 year. Advice is available via the Developmental Intake team regarding alternative options for care that is required, and helpful actions that can occur during lengthy waiting periods.
If you are concerned about a specific child, please see the pages in this section that are relevant to the child’s age. These are divided into 0-6 years, and 6 years and above. This is because as children grow and develop, their assessment and support needs change. This is often reflected in school-age services that are different in make-up from those that support younger children with autism-related concerns.
In particular, requirements to access services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme change when a child turns 7 years of age. Please see https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding for more details.
For more general information about autism and child development, please see the links page further on in this section.