Even the best medicines are only as good as the accuracy and quality of the diagnosis.
For this reason, we also provide detailed psychological assessments for your child. This enables you, and us, to know exactly how your child functions, his strengths and his weaknesses.
The AutismSTEP Difference
For most government hospitals, the entire process (including waiting time) can take anywhere from 6 months to an entire year. This is due mainly to the overwhelming number of cases that they are forced to handle. At AutismSTEP, you would be able to receive a full report within 3 to 4 weeks.
For the same reason cited above (overwhelming number of cases), many of the reports are mere cookie-cutter templates of each other. Furthermore, it is the consultant who decides whether or not the child gets the full test done, and parents cannot choose otherwise. At AutismSTEP, our reports are customised, with the level of detail that shows the time and care we take for ever child.
We Put The Child First
Normally, if the child happens to have a meltdown on the day of the assessment or during any of the tests, the psychologist would often mark the child as incapable and fail the child. However, at AutismSTEP, we give the child three different days to do it, ie. if the child has a meltdown on the first day, we’ll re-test the child on the second day. This enables us to have a more accurate assessment of your child and to avoid dumbing down the child and his subsequent treatment.
In many places, the psychological assessment is carried out by a registered psychologist. Clinical psychologists, on top of the years of study done by registered psychologists, have to undergo an additional two years of academic training and a postgraduate degree. They also undergo longer training periods before becoming fully recognised.
Clinical psychologists are thus better qualified to treat and diagnose patients with mental disorders and severe behavioural difficulties. At AutismSTEP, our psychological assessments are carried out by a clinical psychologist who was the Principal Clinical Psychologist at a private paediatric centre and Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
All assessments involve an initial intake session, assessment testing sessions and a feedback session, where the report will be provided and explained in detail. Furthermore, all reports are recognized for the purposes of MOE and SEAB Access