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Developmental & Autism Assessment Teams

Paediatrician, Clinical Psychologist & Speech Pathologists - Developmental & Autism Assessment Team

Developmental & Autism Assessment Team

A unique and comprehensive assessment service based on international standards for autism prepared by a highly experienced team including a Paediatrician, Clinical Psychologist and Speech Pathologist at Melbourne Paediatric Specialists.

This developmental and autism assessment service is designed for families who have children up to 12 years of age with difficulties relating and communicating

Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders Assessment

CHILDREN WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS ASSESSMENT MAY:

  • Have been slow to speak and communicate
  • Not respond to other’s attempts to interact with them
  • Have behaviours that carers find difficult to manage
  • Be fussy eaters or poor sleepers
  • Have difficulty coping with changes in routines
  • Have difficulty maintaining friendships
  • Have advanced skills in some areas
  • Be sensitive to or seek sensory experiences including noises, textures, smells and movement.

EACH ASSESSMENT INCLUDES:

  • Parent/carer interview
  • Medical assessment
  • Play based assessment of your child
  • Social communication and language assessment
  • Cognitive assessment (year prior to school commencement and school aged children)
  • Observation of your child in their childcare, kindergarten or school
  • asd-bubblesFeedback meeting including discussion of diagnosis and full report
  • Paperwork for eligible funding options
  • Treatment planning

Developmental and Autism Assessment Team Leaders

The Developmental and Autism Assessment Team Program has been developed by a highly experienced professional team with advanced knowledge on the nature and cause of autism spectrum disorders.

DEVELOPMENTAL & AUTISM ASSESSMENT TEAM
–  Team 1 Leaders:

Dr Shaamini Lokuge-Hayes

MBBS FRACP

General Paediatrician
Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician

Dr Sophie Banfield

B.Sc.(Hons).,D.Psych.(Clinical),MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Ms Robyn Stephen

B.App.Sci. (Speech Pathology) MSPAA,CPSP

Paediatric Speech Pathologist
Dr Shaamini Lokuge-Hayes, Consultant Paediatrician Specialising in General, Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrics

Dr Shaamini Lokuge-Hayes

In Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician / Fussy Baby Clinic / General Paediatrician

Dr Sophie Banfield

In Clinical Psychologist

Ms Robyn Stephen

In Paediatric Speech Pathologist

DEVELOPMENTAL & AUTISM ASSESSMENT TEAM
–  Team 2 Leaders:

Dr Michelle Waterham

BSc. MBBS (Hons) FRACP

General Paediatrician
Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician

Dr Katie Waters

BA (Hons) D.Psych (Clinical Child) MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Ms Genevieve Ackland

BSpPath, CPSP, MSPAA

Senior Speech Pathologist
Dr Katie Waters, Paediatric Clinical Psychologist, Melbourne Paediatric Specialists

Dr Katie Waters

In Clinical Psychologist

Ms Genevieve Ackland

In Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Dr Michelle Waterham

In Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician / General Paediatrician

Developmental & Autism Assessment Team - Referrals

Referral from a general practitioner, paediatrician or psychiatrist is required. Medicare rebates available.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE:

  • Case management, cognitive assessment, therapy, counselling, referral to other specialists.