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Child with autism

Are you worried if your child has Autism? You may be concerned about your child's speech and language skills, interactions with other children, unusual sensory sensitivities, or repetitive or unusual behaviour.

If you are concerned about your child’s development and wondering if they have Autism, DPV Health’s Autism Assessment Clinic can help. Our Autism Assessment team has over 30 years’ experience in supporting children with Autism. Our expert professional team includes:

  • Family Engagement Worker
  • paediatricians
  • psychologists
  • speech pathologists
  • occupational therapists
  • audiologists

We can provide you with a streamlined assessment process, and link you and your family into support services following your assessment.

Transcript

Lauren:                 Boyd was diagnosed with autism, and we started using DPV, which was then Dianella, about 12 months ago. Before that, we really weren’t accessing any services at all. It was pretty much our first introduction to any kind of therapy and assistance for Boyd, so we started out getting a diagnosis that was, I suppose, pretty devastating and overwhelming, and we really didn’t know where to begin and what to do. Then we got introduced to our key worker, and everything changed from there, really.

Here we are, 12 months later, having accessed a huge range of services that I would not have even thought Boyd would need to access. Before, I would often feel really overwhelmed. I didn’t understand why he was doing what he was doing, so you’d often feel a bit lost and you didn’t know how to parent because the traditional parenting methods just don’t seem to work the same way. To have someone to say, “Well, this week, this is going on,” and they can tell you, “Well, that’s probably due to X, Y, and Z, so you might want to try maybe doing this,” your whole parenting style is able to change.

To see an improvement in things that we’ve, like, I don’t know, I never thought I would see an improvement in, like just general behaviour, like being calmer, and so he’s able to communicate with me a lot better about his needs as well, so I think it’s been pretty phenomenal, really. It’s just, you sometimes think you’re a bit of a number because it feels like that sometimes, but you guys haven’t made us feel like that at all.

Our service is available to children aged 3-7 years.

When the Medicare rebate is applied for the assessment, an $800 out-of-pocket charge will apply (with $100 to be paid upon referral and $700 paid at attendance of the first clinic). Payment plans are available.

PLEASE NOTE: Upon diagnosis, children with Autism can access support funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) scheme.

To discuss referral, please contact the Intake Service between 9am and 5pm on 1300 234 263.
We accept self-referrals, also referrals from your GP, paediatricians, specialists, a Maternal and Child Health Nurse or other health professional, early years educators, carers or family members. All referrals must have parental consent.

Health professionals are requested to send referrals by:

  • E-referral via Connecting Care
  • Fax 9408 9508 City of Whittlesea locations or 8339 9898 for City of Hume Locations
  • Post to PO Box 82, Whittlesea 3757 for City of Whittlesea locations or PO Box 197 Glenroy 3046 for City of Hume locations

We offer short waiting lists, so you can get an answer quickly and help to minimise your family’s stress.

The following information is required at the time of referral:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Current address and telephone number
  • Parent/caregiver’s names
  • Reason for referral
  • Any other relevant information

Interpreters are available at no extra cost.

For current clients that would like to book or cancel appointments, contact Reception on 1300 234 263.