Did you know that autism spectrum disorders may be diagnosed by eligible Psychologists, as well as Paediatricians and Psychiatrists. Ideally, the diagnosis is made after assessment by a multidisciplinary team (which might include a Speech Pathologist, an Audiologist, a Psychologist, an Occupational Therapist and a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist), and / or after specific assessment instruments are used.
Of course, for school-aged kids, a diagnosis means that kids are eligible for additional supports in schools, and their families are eligible for other Australian Government funding such as the Carer’s Allowance. If organizations pick and choose which diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders are acceptable to their funding models, surely their acknowledgement of a diagnosis should reflect the practice of the Australian Government in deciding which diagnoses (and by which practitioners) are acceptable in attracting Commonwealth funding. Interestingly, there seems to be a difference of opinion on this matter….click here to find a downloadable document related to autism diagnosis.