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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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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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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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Why do I need to add my child in ASDetect in order to complete an assessment?

- Mel Denham - in category Assessment Support

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ASDetect allows you to monitor your child’s social-communication development between 11 and 30 months of age, allowing you to see how your child’s behaviours and skills are developing over time. The research on which the app is based subscribes to a surveillancerather than a screening approach to early identification. In other words, ASDetect is designed to provide a ‘picture’ of […]

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