Frequently asked questions


How early is ‘early’ detection?
ASDetect is designed for assessing children aged 2½ years (30 months) and younger.


Is it accurate?
Over 30,000 children have been screened by 350 Maternal Child Health nurses across two large scale studies over the last 10 years. This surveillance tool is more than seven times more accurate than the next best tool.
Of the small percentage of children that nurses referred for a formal assessment, 81% had autism.


Why do you ask for my child’s date of birth?
Each assessment in ASDetect contains questions and videos which are specific to the children within that age bracket. Having your child’s date of birth allows ASDetect to choose the appropriate assessment.


How secure is my information?
OTARC takes your privacy very seriously. Your details are securely stored according to the La Trobe University privacy policy. For further details, please click here [link to:


What does a ‘high likelihood’ result from ASDetect mean?
ASDetect looks for early signs of autism and other related developmental conditions. While it is very accurate, no screening tool is perfect, which is why ASDetect is designed to return a result of either ‘high’ or ‘low’ likelihood of autism. A result of high likelihood from ASDetect is not a diagnosis. It just means that some of the behaviours you observed in your child differ from that other children his or her age. The next step is to visit your doctor (GP or paediatrician) with your child’s results and any concerns you may have.


What do ‘mostly’ and ‘rarely’ in ASDetect mean?
We know things are never black and white, especially where children are concerned and it’s the same for this application. Throughout each ASDetect assessment, you will be asked whether your child, “MOSTLY” or “RARELY” displays a certain behaviour. “RARELY” means that although your child will sometimes display the behaviour it is not frequent, while “MOSTLY” means that this behaviour is frequently displayed and consistent.