If you are considering an assessment for a child or youth over the age of 6 years, there are a few things to think about before we get started.…
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments for children and youth have to be done in a certain way in order to be recognized by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and the Ministry of Education.
An ASD assessment costs $2800. This includes the use of the required tools (ADOS-2 and ADI-R) and an appropriate assessment of developmental level. If your child is found to have autism, then you are eligible for extra support and funding at school, as well as approximately $500 a month that can be used for out-of-school therapies.
Autism is a rare and pervasive developmental disorder. Symptoms of autism are apparent early in life, though in some situations, they are not recognized as autism until later in life. If this assessment is not based on a psychologist or physician’s concerns, then I will speak to you prior to the assessment to ensure that the quality and severity of concerns is appropriate to warrant an autism assessment.
If your concerns are not specifically around autism, you may want to pursue mental health evaluation through the Child and Youth Mental Health programs who offer weekly walk-in clinics (in Victoria there are three walk-in clinics (1) Victoria CYMH at Jutland, (2) Saanich CYMH in Royal Oak, and (3) West Shore CYMH on Wale Rd), or talk to your child's school, and/or your physician.