Behaviour change - positive psychology/ABA programs developed to support complex behaviour change.
The process is to have an initial meeting to gather relevant information such as medical, developmental history, areas of concern, strengths and life goals. From this point we may suggest some basic assessments with valid instruments and tests. We may also get some information on behaviours and finally suggest a course of actions based on positive psychology and cognitive behaviour therapy.
The recommended program is then costed per hour and we sign an agreement to proceed based on those hours of support.
Suitable for all case managers, allied health staff, support staff, day services, residential staff. Training can be from 1/2 day sessions through to 2 X full day workshops covering Behaviour Management and Support
Content can be adjusted to your needs but is focused on Behaviour Therapy & Supports at a practical working level.
Cognitive assessments are usually IQ based such as WAIS or WISC, or other short forms such as Addenbrook's, Mini Mental or Montreal Cognitive assessment. We may also use various neuro-psychological measures.
Screens for OCD, ODD, ADHD/ADD and General Anxiety are used for children.
Autism diagnosis is via observation ADOS-2 and ADI-R.
Please call us to discuss the various costs as they will need to be developed to suit your needs.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition thought to affect around 1 in 100 children. ASD is diagnosed more frequently in boys, currently at a ratio of around 4:1. The exact causes of ASD are unclear; research strongly suggests there is a genetic basis to ASD, however environmental factors may also play a role in the onset and development of ASD symptoms in a genetically predisposed child.
The autism spectrum encompasses a wide range of symptoms, and no single symptom necessarily indicates that a child has autism. A child with autism will display several behaviours from some of the following categories:
How will an assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder be helpful?
Most parents find that the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is helpful in the following ways:
Understanding your child: A diagnosis of autism can be the first step for parents in understanding why their child is not achieving developmental milestones or is displaying unusual interests or behaviours.
Supporting your child: The earlier a child is accurately diagnosed with ASD and starts effective intervention, the better the developmental outcomes for the child. The recommendations arising from the assessment process can help parents and teachers to develop individualised behaviour management and learning support plans, to ensure that a child’s specific needs are being met at home and school.
Accessing Services: Once a child is diagnosed with autism, financial and community support may be available (e.g., Medicare, Centrelink, or the National Disability Insurance Scheme). A diagnosis can also assist with applying for school-based funding for special support teachers in the classroom. Please note: Government funding is constantly being reviewed and updated, and these changes may affect the availability of support for your family.
What is involved with an assessment for ASD?
The diagnosis of ASD requires a comprehensive assessment process and involves gathering information from a range of people involved in the child’s life. The aim is to better understand a child’s unique strengths and difficulties, with particular focus on their social development, communication, and any restricted or repetitive behaviours. Usually, this information is obtained through clinical interview with parents, observation of the child, and discussion with other significant people in the child’s life (e.g., teachers). Best practice assessment guidelines both in Australia and Internationally suggest using the following standardised assessment tools:
In addition to these tools some Parent and Teacher questionnaires are also used to assess adaptive functioning, and to screen for co-occurring mental health concerns (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, depression).
Note: Although ASD is typically diagnosed in early childhood, an assessment can be undertaken at any age. Many adolescents and adults find that receiving a diagnosis helps them to better understand themselves, and helps improve the quality of their relationships and day-to-day functioning.
The complete diagnostic assessment process typically involves:
Best practice guidelines state that for an accurate and confident diagnosis, the assessment process needs a minimum of four appointments. The total face-to-face appointment time is generally 5 hours, although this may be longer in complex cases. The fee includes the time taken for reviewing previous reports, phone consultations with the child’s school and referring doctor, scoring and interpretation of assessments, and report preparation. If a school visit is required, this may incur an additional fee.
What is the cost involved with an assessment for ASD?
Breakdown of Fees:
FREE INITIAL CONSULT FOR ANY HEALTH CARE CARD HOLDER
Total Cost $1750.00
Fees can be paid by session, or in full at the first session. Children referred for assessment by a paediatrician or child psychiatrist under the Helping Children with Autism Initiative are eligible for Medicare rebates of up to $339.40. Medicare rebates can only be claimed after services have been provided so it is recommended that parent of children with a specialist referral pay by session. Alternatively, a receipt will be provided, and a claim can be lodged with Medicare after completion of the assessment process.
It is recommended that the ADOS-2 and ADI-R assessments be carried out on different days. Where necessary, it is possible to complete all assessment sessions on one day, and to schedule the feedback session for 2 weeks later, via Skype or Zoom if needed. In this case, parents will need to organise someone to look after young children during the interview, and during the feedback session. Older adolescents are welcome to attend all sessions.
We use Ramsey-Coote bedwetting bell and pads. The program is highly successful for over 90% of participants to achieve night dryness. The program is mostly run by the child at home and takes around 8-20 weeks at a weekly rate. Costs vary but may be covered via your NDIS plan for therapy supports