The multidisciplinary team
The best outcomes for children with ASD are achieved when health professionals work collaboratively to provide interventions that include support for parents and carers. While there may be some overlap in the interventions provided, each profession makes a unique contribution.
Allie health professionals - psychologists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists work together with paediatricians, child psychiatrists and GPs to provide interventions to children with ASD. This is often referred to as a multidisciplinary approach, and current evidence demonstrates that this approach effective.
There are a number of ways that parents can access services from allied health professionals who specialise in ASD. These include a recommendation from their GP or local community health services or through a direct enquiry to the particular allied health professional. In many cases the child will be referred to a paediatrician or child psychiatrist. If the paediatrician or child psychiatrist believes the child may have ASD, they may refer the child to health professionals for additional assessment, diagnosis, and intervention.