TreeHaus Autism Assessment & Therapy Team (THAAT team)
Our TreeHaus Autism Assessment & Therapy (THAAT) team consists of four areas of practice;
- Speech Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
Our paediatrician is an integral part of the assessment for Autism. Our team of psychologists, speech therapists and occupational therapists will work closely with our paediatrician to make a decision with regard to making a diagnosis for Autism.
Initially a referral for an ASD assessment will go via intake on 9397 4499. The intake worker will establish whether the child being referred requires all four services for assessment depending on the symptoms described over the phone or upon review with the paediatrician. Sometimes it is beneficial for the child to have an initial consult with one or more of the four TreeHaus Autism Assessment and Therapy team members and then decide from there whether a full assessment is required.
If a full assessment is considered required, each team member will undertake individual assessments and then convene their findings and opinions with one another. The THAAT team will consolidate their findings and their reports to the paediatrician to then be decided whether a diagnosis for ASD will be made or not.
The process from beginning to conclusion can take approximately 1-3 sessions per therapist over a 2-3 week period before the THAAT team then convene and correspond with the paediatrician for a decision to be made. This is to enable a comprehensive assessment, often involving sessions at TreeHaus and at the child's kinder, child care or school venues. A consultation with the child's parents will also be necessary with each of the THAAT practitioners.