Autism and ADHD

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Does my child have autism or ADHD?

Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD are developmental disorders, which means the child develops differently from normal. These disorders may be able to be diagnosed from a young age (2-6 years), though each child with Autism or ADHD will have different signs and different needs. Early intervention has been shown to be really effective in improving social skills, learning, behaviour and mental health. That is why it is important to have an assessment if you are concerned about any of these issues.

Catalyst Psychology conducts thorough, professional assessments of Autism and ADHD. We follow the assessment protocols outlined in the ‘Australian Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for ADHD‘ and the Australian ‘National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD‘. 


People with Autism often have difficulties with:

  • social, communication and play skills
  • narrow and intense interests
  • unusual repetitive behaviour or behavioural problems
  • learning and achieving at school

See the Raising Children website for more great information.


People with ADHD often have difficulties with:

  • paying attention and getting easily distracted
  • managing their impulses
  • being overly active for their age
  • feeling restless and agitated
  • learning and achieving at school

For more information see the Raising Children website.

Catalyst Psychology has psychologists specifically trained in identifying developmental disorders in children and young people. They have extensive experience in schools, private practice and public mental health services. We routinely provide assessments for high-functioning Autism and ADHD. Our clients may go on to access NDIS funding or other support services. We help many clients overcome challenges, improve their learning and developed important life skills.

Contact us for more information about a psychology assessment if you are concerned about Autism or ADHD.

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