What does diagnosing Intellectual Disability in Australia involve ?
The term intellectual disability or intellectual developmental disorders are commonly used by allied health professionals, therapists, educators and other medical professionals to describe a disorder involving cognitive developmental delay.
The Australian Commonwealth Government authorises accredited psychologists to diagnose intellectual disability under strict psychometric criteria.
The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) classifies intellectual disability into 4 psycho-metric severity levels:
Signs your child may have a Mild Intellectual Disability
- Multiple symptoms learning difficulty such as; reading, writing and arithmetic.
- Poor understanding of the concept of time or money.
- Your infant may have trouble planning simple tasks at primary school.
- Psychologist support is needed due to you child being socially or emotionally immature.
- Your child may find daily living activities difficult such as needing extra support when at a West Australian childcare centre.
- Despite intensive academic tutoring your child still struggles in the classroom.
Signs your child may have a Moderate Intellectual Disability.
- Language difficulties in pre-school.
- Pre-academic skills developing very slowly.
- During Primary School Years learning deficits limit your child’s ability to participate in mainstream schooling.
- Your child needs regular support completing day-to-day tasks.
- Socially, your child demonstrates symptomatic differences in behaviour.
- Generally, your infant will have trouble communicating and requires speech therapist help.
- Occupational therapists help your child with personal hygiene, dressing and eating difficulties.
Signs your child may have a Severe Intellectual Disability.
- Your child has little understanding of written language.
- Difficulty understanding the concept of numbers.
- Caretakers, parents and occupational therapists provide extensive help to support symptoms of disability.
- In social settings your infant has very limited grammar and vocabulary.
- Expressing and understanding emotions is challenging and requires therapist support.
- Your child can understand simple speech and gestures from their mother, father or caregiver.
- Help is needed from an experienced Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP)
- Daily support for all basic life skills is needed.
What to do if you recognise symptoms of Intellectual Disability in your child.
The Australian Commonwealth Government provides accredited support to assist your and your child through the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS). This support includes subsidised health appointments with an accredited psychologist to evaluate, assess and diagnose an intellectual disability.
Our Accredited Psychologist Team can help diagnose your child with an intellectual disability.
- Our experienced psych-analytical team have a depth of experience diagnosing intellectual disability.
- All Focused Educational Psychologists are accredited with AHPRA (Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency).
- Our caring therapist team using accurate psycho-analytical tools.
- Our therapists assist families in the wide-ranging greater metropolitan area of Perth.
- Whether you live on the beaches of Cottesloe or the surrounding Perth Hills area we can help your child.
- We can provide ongoing treatment and support from our multi-disciplinary teams of Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP), Occupational Therapists (OT), specialist teachers and psychologists.
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Helpful websites about diagnosing intellectual disability in Australia.
(Australian Bureau of Statistics information regarding intellectual disability).
http://ahpra.gov.au (Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency)
https://www.asid.asn.au (Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability)
http://www.humanservices.gov.au (Australian Government Department of Human Services)
http://medicareaustralia.gov.au (Medicare Australia)
http://www.psychology.org.au/publications/inpsych/disability/ (Australian Psychological Society)
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American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.) Washington, DC Author. Text citation: (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)