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AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER ASSESSMENT

At InTouch Health Co, Psychologist Bozena Zawisz, is dedicated to providing thorough assessments tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. We understand that navigating the world of ASD can be overwhelming, and we are here to guide you through the process with compassion and expertise.

At InTouch Health Co, we recognise the importance of early detection and intervention in supporting individuals with ASD to reach their full potential. Assessments are conducted in a supportive and nonjudgemental environment, where the focus is on understanding the individual's strengths, challenges and unique characteristics. 

INITIAL SCREENING ASSESSMENT

The initial screening assessment is a one hour initial consultation with the parent or primary caregiver. The purpose of this consultation is to gather background information in areas such as developmental history, medical history, education history, behaviours and symptoms. This will help inform whether the ASD Assessment is indicated. 

The initial screening assessment uses a variety of tools such as the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ), or the Rivto Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale - Revised (RAADS-R).

OBSERVATION ASSESSMENT

Observation assessment involves play (for young persons) or activity-based (for adolescents and adults) assessment using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, play, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. 

The assessment is completed with the child or adolescent or adult at the clinic and takes 1-2hrs to complete.

CLINICAL INTERVIEW

A two hour interview is completed with the parent or primary caregiver. This helps gather additional information for the assessment. 

Additional information is collected using the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), which is an extended interview with an individual’s parents, designed to elicit a full range of information needed to produce a diagnosis of autism (Rutter et al., 2003). Vineland-3 Behavior Scales are used to assess the individual’s day-to-day functioning. Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS-2) is used to identify challenges in social communication. Where appropriate, additional information may be collected via observation in another setting such as daycare, or additional assessments administered and collected from educators and other therapy providers. 

DIAGNOSTIC REPORT

The psychologist collates the above assessment data into a diagnostic

report. In addition to information relating to an ASD diagnosis,

the report outlines strategies for addressing any challenges

highlighted by the assessment.

COST

Initial Screening Assessment         

$214

Observation Assessment | Clinical Interview | Diagnostic Report

$1500

Total ASD Assessment Cost

$1714

MEET

Bozena Zawisz

Bozena brings over 20 years of experience as a therapist, during which her journey took a pivotal turn following her children's diagnoses. Motivated by personal experiences, she delved deeper into the realm of neurodiversity, embarking on a transformative educational path. Bozena augmented her expertise by completing several building block programs at Aspect, alongside earning a Graduate Certificate in Autism. Currently, she is actively pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy studies, further enriching her understanding and practice.

 

As a passionate advocate for neurodiversity, Bozena is committed to celebrating its intrinsic value within our community. She is dedicated to supporting individuals in identifying barriers to their wellbeing, learning, and communication, while embracing and amplifying their neurodiverse identities and strengths.

 

Bozena's contributions extend beyond clinical practice; she is a featured contributor for Psychology Today, where she shares insights on nourishing the self-esteem of Autistic children from a parent's perspective. Her diverse qualifications include an MA in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, which uniquely inform her holistic approach to therapy.

 

With empathy, dedication, and an unwavering belief in the power of neurodiversity, Bozena strives to foster inclusive environments where individuals feel empowered to thrive.

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