About 1 in 150 Australians is affected by autism with symptoms often presenting in infancy and becoming more noticeable around the ages of 2 or 3 (source: healthdirect.gov.au).
If someone is thought to have autism, their teacher or paediatrician will often refer them to a specialist. While there is no single definitive test for autism, our registered psychologists have a number of standardised diagnostic tools at their disposal.
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)
- Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition (ABAS-3)
- Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)
New Vision Psychology is a private assessment service that offers autism testing for children and adults at our Sydney CBD location.
Autism Assessment Fees
We provide assessments for both adults and children across Sydney, New South Wales.
The complete assessment process involves around 10-hours of interviews, observations, testing, scoring, interpretation and report writing.
After the initial consultation, we will advise you if formal assessment is necessary and should you wish to proceed, the $230 fee will be deducted from the $2,300.
* Medicare rebates are available to assist with the cost of seeking a diagnosis. Call us on 1300 001 778 for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
While there are a number of standardised testing tools to help with the diagnosis, the initial phase of assessment begins with talking with family member to collect behaviour and family history.
This is because there is no single test for autism.
For more information on the process, see this resource from autismawareness.com.au.
We have also put together a guide for caregivers. Click here to learn more about autism spectrum testing specific to Australia.
The initial consult with our registered psychologist will typically take around 60-minutes.
During this session, we will seek to get a better understanding by collecting behaviour and family history. It is common to use a semi-structured interview.
All up, our psychologists will spend 10-hours or more carrying out interviews, making observations, scoring, interpreting results, and compiling a final report.
The entire process may be spread across a multiple days and weeks.
A referral is not required.
However, we usually find that a teacher, GP, speech pathologist, or paediatrician will refer someone for autism assessment
When it comes to autism diagnosis, there are government funded and private assessment services available.
Wait times for government funded services can be quite lengthy (in excess of 12-months).
FYI, Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) is the NSW state-based autism association.
Being a private assessment service, we typically can see you with minimal delay. In addition to this, we are a registered NDIS provider.