Search
  • Claudia M

Should My Child Get an Autism Assessment?

We work with families every day, whose child requires speech and language support and the question of Autism has been floating around, sometimes for several months, sometimes only recently. Parents themselves might already be questioning whether their child may be neurodiverse, but are unsure about assessment; whether they should do it, what it might affect and so on. We discuss this as part of our support on a frequent basis, so we thought even more families might find it useful to have a quick list of the most salient things we find might be of consideration when thinking about an Autism assessment:


1. It can help to clarify your child’s needs and ways of learning

People on the spectrum have different ways of learning new skills, i.e. they may engage in more rote learning, they may find it easier to process auditory information when not processing visual information as well and therefore may give reduced eye contact, etc. By understanding whether your child utilises these ways of learning and development, we can tailor our support to better fit in within this model. Assessment can also give an indication of difficulty areas that are common for children with Autism which can inform therapy. Likewise, if no ‘diagnosis’ is made, we can provide therapy with a more traditional approach.


2. You get a “why”

If you’ve ever thought “why is he doing that?” or “why is this challenging for her?” then getting an Autism assessment can help to clarify your own mind and see your child in a new light. As we always wish to advocate, Autism is not a manifestation of something “wrong”, but of something “different”, so finding this out can make a lot of curious areas suddenly make sense.

3. You can be part of a community and gain additional support

The neurodiverse community is a wonderful place to be and if your child is found to have Autism, it can help them to form an identity within this group of amazing people. There are many groups and resources out there that you could also access for support.


4. Funding and formal supports may be an easier path to navigate

Although a diagnosis is just a name, it can help when navigating through all the red tape, information and choices that come along with finding the right supports and being able to access them on a regular basis.


5. It can be costly and time-consuming

It is important that we include all the things to consider when going down this road, including the practical side of things. There are many options out there in terms of getting an assessment. Private assessments can be expensive, while the public system may have significant waiting times. The assessments themselves also tend to take a couple of hours all up.


These are all valuable points to think about. The most important thing is that the presence or absence of a diagnosis does not change who your child is as a person; it simply lets us understand them better. Especially in terms of therapy, any good professional will evaluate everything they know about the child, not just a label, and goals will be constructed based on what is going to be the most beneficial for your child; what is going to make the most difference for them in their life.


Assessment is a personal choice, but the decision to celebrate our children for who they are is something that is made regardless.


21 views

Speech Pathology Adelaide, Adelaide speech pathology, speech therapy adelaide, adelaide speech therapy, cheap speech therapy, afforable speech pathology, inexpensive speech pathology, speech pathology funding, autism, autism speech pathology, articulation, late talker, development milestones, kindergarten, school, mobile speech therapy, adelaide, henley beach, western adelaide, adelaide west, speech pathology western adelaide, speech pathology west adelaide, west adelaide speech pathology, speech therapy west adelaide, speech therapy western adelaide, referal, no referal speech pathology, speech, language, social skills, stuttering, fluency, cleft lip and palate, cleft palate, cleft lip, evidence based speech pathology, cheap speech pathology, friendly speech pathology.

Tags: Cheap speech pathology Adelaide, affordable speech pathology, cheap speech therapy adelaide, cheap speech pathology adelaide, price of speech pathology, fees speech pathology, Adelaide speech pathology, book speech pathology, speech pathology book online, mobile speech pathology, public speech pathology, private speech pathology, private speech pathology adelaide, minimal waiting lists, speech therapy adelaide cheap, speech. language, stutter, fluency, autism, ASD, autism spectrum disorder, cleft lip and palate, feeding, delay, global developmental delay, late talkers, children's speech pathology adeaide, child's speech, kid's speech pathology, baby, toddler, child, kindergarten, preschool, school, social, communication, AAC, PECS, speech pathology west, western speech pathology, western adelaide speech therapy, adelaide west speech pathology, west lakes speech pathology, findon speech pathology, grange speech pathology, henley beach speech pathology, glenelg speech pathology, richmond speech pathology, hindmarsh speech pathology, sprout speech pathology, fulham speech pathology, kurralta park speech thereapy, west beach speech therapy, lockleys, marleston, thebarton, mile end, netley, plympton, novar gardens, hilton, glandore, cowandilla, camden park, ashford, woodville, west lakes, croyden, welland, tennyson, seaton, royal park, rosewater, ridleyton, renown park, henley, grange, fulham gardens, findon, brompton, cheltenham, beverly, allenby gardens, albert park, athol park 

 

Speech Pathology Adelaide

Say Hooray is a paediatric speech pathology practice that takes on an evidence-based approach to help children achieve their full potential by learning through play. 

We offer individualised therapy for children up to and including school-age. 

  • Wix Facebook page

Find us on Facebook

© Say Hooray® 2019

Are you a fun & passionate SP or OT?

Join the team!

Say Hooray is committed to ensuring that our content is accessible to everyone. View our accessibility statement here.

See what's happening behind the scenes