May 26, 2017
My child was born prematurely; should I put in their actual birth date or their adjusted birth date?
If your child has been identified as having a “high likelihood” for autism on ASDetect, or if you suspect that your child may have autism, it is important to consult your doctor (GP or Paediatrician) or Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse as soon as possible to begin on the path towards a formal assessment. Here, you can discuss your child’s results, any concerns you have, and talk through the various options. Your doctor or MCH nurse will provide you with the next steps. Specifically, if appropriate, your doctor or MCH nurse will provide you with a referral letter for a formal autism assessment. This referral letter is required for two reasons. Firstly, a referral letter is often required before you can make an appointment to have your child formally assessed. Secondly, in order to receive Medicare rebates from any specialist consultations, you are required to have a referral letter for a formal assessment.
For more information about who can conduct formal assessments, see Who can provide a formal assessment for autism?