If you think your child may be exhibiting signs of autism, you may be wondering where to turn for testing and diagnosis, as well as therapy and other help. Because children with autism have trouble communicating with and relating to other people, early diagnosis is crucial so that families are able to gain access to helpful resources and therapy. At The Psychology Hub, we provide autism testing in Brisbane as well as behavioural therapy and other interventions.
Characteristics of Children with Autism
As babies, children with autism often do not look at others. Toddlers often won’t respond to their names or smile at other people. Their toddler babble may not sound conversational like that of other toddlers, but instead remain at the same pitch; they also may not imitate the behaviours of others such as waving or clapping. As children grow, they may begin repeating a specific behaviour over and over, such as turning lights on and off, or they may become fixated on a particular object. They may be unusually sensitive to sounds or textures.
Families looking for autism diagnosis in Brisbane can usually obtain it by the time the child is around two years old. By this time, a child will be exhibiting many of the common signs of autism, such as:
- Avoiding eye contact with others
- Lack of emotion or empathy
- Lack of interest in peers
- Not responding to his or her name
- Delayed language development
- Not engaging in pretend play
- Repetitive body movements such as flapping the hands or arching the back
- Intense focus on a particular object or toy
- Extreme sensitivity to certain sounds or textures
THE PSYCHOLOGY HUB OFFERS AUTISM THERAPY IN BRISBANE
At The Psychology Hub, we understand the importance of diagnosing a child with autism as soon as possible. The sooner your child gets the help he or she needs, the more effective autism therapies can be in facilitating positive outcomes. We provide assessment and diagnostics for autism using evidence-based psychometrics such as the ASRS, ADOS, AQ, CARS, and other measures as well as treatment services such as behaviour therapy, CBT, and applied behaviour analysis.
Besides diagnosing autism and autism spectrum disorders, we can also work with individuals of all ages dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning difficulties, social anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems, low self-esteem, and much more. We also offer Medicare rebates and are Workcover providers. We are located in North Lakes and also offer mobile service on an as-needed basis to those in the North Brisbane area. We offer our high-quality services at below the APS recommended rate so that more people will be able to obtain the help they need.