Frequently Asked Questions

Psychology — Assessments

Autism Assessment

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How much does it cost?

When the psychologist is completing the assessment alongside a psychiatrist or paediatrician only, the psychologist component costs $2000.

When the psychologist is completing the assessment alongside a psychiatrist or paediatrician plus another assessor (e.g. a speech pathologist), the psychologist component is $1500.

Second opinion/review assessments will cost $2000 for the psychologist component. 

Please note: Speech Pathologist, Psychiatrist, and Paediatrician assessments will be invoiced directly to you by those professionals at their own rate.

Travel fees apply for appointments outside of the consulting rooms, as per our ‘Schedule of Supports’.

Can I get a rebate from Medicare or my private health insurer?

Please contact your private health insurer directly regarding your individual level of cover.

For children 12 years and younger: If a Paediatrician is consulted first, they may choose to provide a referral for assessment through the ‘Helping Children with Autism’ Program. This means the child may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for up to 4 assessment sessions ($88.25 per psychology session and $77.80 per speech pathology sessions). Following payment in full, a receipt will be provided, which you can use to claim any available rebate directly from Medicare.

Do I need a referral?

Given the lengthy wait times for paediatricians currently within Western Australia, our psychologists are willing to accept assessment requests prior to consulting with a Paediatrician. However, a paediatrician may still be required to conduct their own assessment at a later date in order to finalise the findings of the psychologist and to confirm the diagnosis of Autism.

When will I have the results?

Assessment reports are typically available within 6 weeks of the final assessment session. Reports will not be released until all invoices have been paid in full.

What is the current wait time for assessment?

The current estimated wait time for all types of assessment is the second half of 2022, with appointments currently available in July. We will be able to give you a clearer idea of specific dates after an enquiry has been received. We understand that it can be difficult to wait for services. We assure that we have a fair waitlist system, and offer appointments to clients in order of referral date. We do also have an active cancellation system and will offer appointments that become available to clients on the cancellation waitlist.

Who else is involved in the assessment process?

There is currently quite a lot of change occurring in WA with regards to Autism assessment, which can be really overwhelming for families. This is due to WA coming into line with "The National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia". Further information about the guideline can be found at: https://www.autismcrc.com.au/access/national-guideline/for-community

  

Under the guidelines, the assessment must be completed by at least two professionals, one of which must be a paediatrician, psychiatrist, or psychologist. The other professional must be of a different discipline, and can be a paediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech pathologist, or occupational therapist. All professionals must be specifically trained and highly experienced with Autism assessment.

 

If there are concerns about speech and/or language difficulties for the person being assessed, it is highly recommended that a speech pathologist form part of the assessment team.

Our psychologists have worked alongside Penny Lam and Rowena Mackiewicz, two highly recommend and very experienced Speech Pathologists and Autism assessors. Penny Lam can be contacted on pennylamspeechpathologyservice@gmail.com  or 0405 987 052, and Rowena can be contacted on Rowena.Mackiewicz@earlystartaustralia.com.au  or 0417 962 253. If you have already arranged services with another speech pathologist, our psychologists will be happy to work alongside them (if the speech pathologist has experience as an Autism assessor).

A team of three assessors will be required if the person being assessed has previously had an Autism assessment and requires a second/review assessment. 

It is JS Therapy Services' policy to assess with a speech pathologist and a medical professional when a second opinion/review assessment is requested or if the individual has significant speech and/or language difficulties that require standardised assessment.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment

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How much does it cost?

ADHD assessments cost $1350 for the clinical interview, standardised assessment, and detailed diagnostic report.

Can I get a rebate from Medicare or my private health insurer?

Please contact your private health insurer directly regarding your individual level of cover. Medicare rebates are not available for this type of assessment.

Do I need a referral?

A referral is not required for ADHD assessments. However, a paediatrician, paediatric psychiatrist (for under 18 years of age), or psychiatrist (for over 18 years of age) will be required to finalise the diagnosis.

When will I have the results?

Assessment reports are typically available within 6 weeks of the final assessment session. Reports will not be released until all invoices have been paid in full.

What is the current wait time for assessment?

The current estimated wait time for all types of assessment is the second quarter of 2022 (April onwards). Early in 2022 we will be able to give you a clearer idea of specific dates. We understand that it can be difficult to wait for services and when there is not a specific date at this time. However, we can reassure you that we have a fair waitlist system, and we offer appointments to clients in order of referral date. We do also have an active cancellation system and will offer spots that become available to clients on the cancellation waitlist.

Cognitive Assessment (for Giftedness or Intellectual Disability)

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How much does it cost?

Cognitive assessments cost $1350 for the clinical interview, standardised assessment, and detailed diagnostic report. These assessments are typically used to identify diagnose giftedness or Intellectual Disability.

Can I get a rebate from Medicare or my private health insurer?

Please contact your private health insurer directly regarding your individual level of cover. Medicare rebates are not available for this type of assessment.

Do I need a referral?

A referral is not required for cognitive assessments, though if you have one, it will be useful to have a copy for your psychologist to review.

When will I have the results?

Assessment reports are typically available within 6 weeks of the final assessment session. Reports will not be released until all invoices have been paid in full.

What is the current wait time for assessment?

The current estimated wait time for all types of assessment is the second quarter of 2022 (April onwards). Early in 2022 we will be able to give you a clearer idea of specific dates. We understand that it can be difficult to wait for services and when there is not a specific date at this time. However, we can reassure you that we have a fair waitlist system, and we offer appointments to clients in order of referral date. We do also have an active cancellation system and will offer spots that become available to clients on the cancellation waitlist.

Counselling Services

At this stage we are unable to waitlist people for counselling services, and are only accepting referrals for assessments and diagnostic screenings. Our psychologists have closed their books for new counselling referrals to ensure continuity of care for the clients they already support.

Please speak with your GP, who can recommend other psychologists within your local area.

We have included the contact details of various support organisations that may be able to assist you, on our resources page.

Physiotherapy

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How much does it cost?

All physiotherapy services, regardless of funding source, are charged at $220 per hour (pro rata). Travel fees apply for appointments outside of the consulting rooms, as per our ‘Schedule of Supports’.

What is the current wait time for physiotherapy services?

The current wait time for physiotherapy services is approximately 3 months from the initial enquiry. However, we are aware that there may be a greater need for support sooner. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your individual circumstances.

What does a physiotherapy assessment involve?

Our Senior Physiotherapist, Susan May, will work with you to determine the most suitable assessment dependent on your needs and goals.  Assessments include developmental history, baseline strength and mobility tests, functional outcome measures or standardised assessments such as the NSMDA or BOT-2. Following assessment, Susan can provide a report with recommendations if required. She will discuss with you the next steps whether they be a formal exercise program, some specific activity ideas suitable for your age group, or a block of therapy.

What types of physiotherapy do you offer?

Susan has experience with clients of all ages but has a soft spot for paediatric clients. While working in the field of physiotherapy for over 26 years, Susan has worked across various settings including the disability sector, hospital, and private practice. Susan has a special interest in Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Physiotherapy services can be provided under all funding programs including NDIS (for self- and plan-managed participants), PITS, and Medicare.

Group Therapy

Lego® Groups

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How much does it cost?

$90—$130 per session depending on the number of participants. This will be confirmed prior to the commencement of the first session of the term. Invoices are sent out after each session.

What happens at the Lego® Group?

We aim to ensure that the Lego® group is always facilitated in a neuro-divergent affirming manner. With that in mind, participants can take breaks as required, use a range of sensory regulation strategies and items, and communicate in a manner that they are most comfortable with.

The group is facilitated by two Senior Therapists as well as a therapy assistant (as required). The sessions run for one and a half hours: one hour for the group plus transition time before and after for parent check in and feedback as required.

The small group session involves an initial check-in regarding the social and emotional status of all participants and facilitators. Visual supports and communication tools are available to support these interactions as required.

During the first half of the session the group engages in a ‘structured build’ using Lego, in which participants take turns in various roles such as Engineer, Supplier and Builder.

The second half of the session is for ‘free build’ time, in which participants have the choice of playing with the Lego on their own, in pairs, or in small groups, building from their imaginations or using Lego instruction booklets. Participants can engage in alternative activities as required. During the ‘free build’ time the participants further practice using skills developed during the facilitated ‘structured build’.

Is the Lego® Group based on any particular program?

Our Lego®-Based Therapy Group is based on the ‘Building Social Skills Lego® Therapy Group’, a program in which Susan May is trained and certified to facilitate. The original program was designed for children with Autism, developmental delays, and/or social learning difficulties.

The program focuses on the development of many vital skills such as sharing, turn-taking, collaboration, conflict resolution, verbal, and non-verbal communication. Each child has a specific role, and they work together to build a model. They will have fun, explore their creativity, and interact with others in a supported environment.

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