So you think your child might have Autism, what next? Who do you speak to? What is the process and how does it all work? Where do I get the autism test?
We recommend you have your child tested for Autism as soon as possible. Research suggests that the sooner children with ASD get help with understanding and making sense of the people and world around them, the sooner brain connections and structures for later, more complex learning will have the opportunity to develop and expand.
Although some parents will type “Autism Test” into Google looking for an online test to find a quick solution or resolution, the professional process of diagnosing Autism is still best left to qualified clinicians. Although no test or tool can replace diagnosis by an experienced clinician, there are standardised tools that help clinicians with diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Some of the tests and screening measures that can assist in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder include:
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
- Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI)
- The Childhood Autism Rating Scales (CARS)
- Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
- Developmental Behaviour Checklist (DBC)
- Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)
- Psycho Educational Profile – Revised (PEP-R)
- Autism Behaviour Checklist (ABC).
These tools might not identify every child on the spectrum, especially those who have only milder signs of ASD.
If you are concerned about your child’s behaviours and developmental milestone progress, and you want to get access to a professional to screen for Autism please contact us and we will put you in contact with a trusted doctor to help you find answers.