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My child was born prematurely; should I put in their actual birth date or their adjusted birth date?

May 26, 2017 - Mel Denham - in category Assessment Support

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It is sometimes necessary to account for premature birth when measuring a child’s development. If your child was born prematurely, please use the decision tree below to determine whether to adjust your child’s age when adding them on ASDetect. Decision tree Adjustment table: Gestation in weeks at birth Number of weeks to add to date […]

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Where can I find a Paediatrician?

- Mel Denham - in category Results Support

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If your child has been identified as having a “high likelihood” for autism by ASDetect, or if you suspect that your child may have autism, your first step should be to see your GP. If required, your GP can refer you to a Paediatrician for a formal autism assessment. For more information about organising a […]

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My child was assessed by ASDetect as “low likelihood” for autism, but he/she got a number of atypical results; what should I do?

- Mel Denham - in category Assessment Support

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It is not uncommon to receive an ASDetect assessment of “low likelihood” for autism, but still receive atypical results for a number of behaviours. This is because ASDetect determines your child’s “likelihood” for autism based on whether your child is meeting very specific behavioural milestones for their age, which is based on research. As children develop […]

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ASDetect said that my child had a “high likelihood” for autism, but following a formal assessment no autism diagnosis was made; why is this?

- Mel Denham - in category Assessment Support

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It’s important to remember that ASDetect is not a diagnostic tool, and that a diagnosis can only be accurately made by a specialist child practitioner or by a multidisciplinary team (for more information on who can provide a formal assessment of autism, see Who can provide a formal assessment for autism?). ASDetect aids by providing an […]

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Why is early detection for autism important?

- Mel Denham - in category Results Support

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Early detection of autism can lead to your child receiving helpful interventions or support earlier, which often leads to better long term outcomes. There is a large body of research to suggest that monitoring a young child’s social-communication development is a successful and effective way to identify children who are developing autism. Research suggests that there are […]

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Who can provide a formal assessment of autism?

- Mel Denham - in category Assessment Support

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Depending on what your doctor or Maternal and Child Health nurse recommend, a formal assessment for autism may be conducted by either a specialist child practitioner or a multidisciplinary team. Specialist Child Practitioner – Specialist child practitioners who can provide a formal assessment for autism include Paediatricians, Psychologists and Psychiatrists. They will often use reports obtained […]

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What types of autism interventions exist?

- Mel Denham - in category Results Support

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There are a number of different autism interventions that are available, and choosing the right one for your child depends on a number of factors, including the child’s behaviours of concern, and what works best for your family. For information about the different types of interventions available, please visit Therapy Connect by Amaze (Autism Victoria) or the […]

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