What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication, behaviour, and sensory processing. ASD is characterised by a range of symptoms that can vary widely between individuals, including difficulty with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviours or interests.
ASD is considered a spectrum disorder because the symptoms and severity can vary widely among those affected. Some individuals with ASD may have difficulty with social communication, such as understanding nonverbal cues or taking turns in conversation. Others may have difficulty with sensory processing, such as being overly sensitive to certain sounds or textures.
Some individuals with ASD may also have specific interests or routines that they find comforting or engaging, which can sometimes interfere with their ability to interact with others. ASD can be diagnosed in childhood, but some individuals may not receive a diagnosis until adulthood.
Early intervention and ongoing support can help individuals with ASD to manage their symptoms and live fulfilling lives. Support may involve behavioural therapy, speech therapy, or a combination of approaches tailored to the individual’s specific needs.
What Are The Signs of ASD?
The signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can vary per person, but common signs can include:
- Delayed speech or language skills
- Difficulty with social interaction, such as making eye contact or responding to social cues
- Unusual patterns of behaviour, such as repetitive behaviours or obsessions with specific objects
- Difficulty with nonverbal communication, such as facial expressions or body language
- Sensitivity to sensory input, such as sounds, textures, or smells
- Tendency to follow strict routines or schedules
- Difficulty with changes in routine or unexpected events
- Restricted interests or activities
- Difficulty with abstract thinking or understanding metaphors
- Unusual vocalisations or repetitive speech patterns
- Unusual posture
- Difficulty with coordination or motor skills
- Lack of empathy or understanding of others’ emotions
- Tendency to take things very literally
If you do have ASD, remember that you may not display each and every one of these signs. Pynk Health will thoroughly assess your mental health and lifestyle factors to provide you with a detailed report and an explanation of your results.
ASD Assessment costs
The cost for the ASD assessment is $1,800 which will be required in full, prior to the first appointment. Unfortunately, there is no Medicare rebate available.
Our Online Assessments
Our assessments are held via Telehealth, that is video conference.
Our Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD assessments involve:
- 1 x 100 minute and 1 x 50 minute consultations
- Completion of the following testing:
– MIGDAS – Diagnostic Interview
– Personality Assessment Inventory
– Social Responsiveness Scale – Revised 2nd Edition
– Girls Questionnaire for Autism Spectrum Conditions
– Psych Profiler
– Explanation of results and outcome
– Detailed Report
Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
At Pynk Health, we understand that in-person therapy can be daunting. That’s why we offer online therapy via Telehealth, providing you with the help and support you need wherever you feel most comfortable.