• Assessment

    Specialising in the diagnosis of adhd, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Learning Difficulties and Global Developmental Delay (GDD). For more information click below.


    Complete the steps below


    Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment: Complete a Parent Referral Form and a Teacher Referral Form.


    FASD or other neurodevelopmental assessment: complete PATCHES Client Information Form.


    Other: Learning Difficulties, ADHD, Giftedness complete PATCHES Client Information Form.


    Unsure? fill in this Online Questionnaire and we will contact you with further information.


    **Please ensure parent/carer/guardian signs the consent form attached to each referral.**



    GP referral: Visit your GP and complete PATCHES GP Referral Form. Ask your GP to determine eligibility for a GP Management Plan and/or Team Care Arrangement, and electronically email.


    Send forms to diagnosis@patches-paediatrics.com.au and we will book you into the next available clinic.

  • Looking for an assessment?

    To find out more information or ask a question about an assessment fill in the form below:


    What is FASD?

    Find out more at NOFASD & the FASD Hub.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition relating to permanent brain damage caused by fetal alcohol exposure. It is a condition that is a symptom of parents either not being aware of the dangers of alcohol use when pregnant or planning a pregnancy or not being supported to stay healthy and strong during pregnancy.


    What is ASD

    Find out more at Raising Children.

     Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition which affects social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects each person differently and it is important that individuals with Autism receive specialist support that understands their needs.

  • Attention Deficit hyperactive disorder

    What is ADHD

    ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a common behavioural barrier to people achieving their academic, workplace, or social potential. ADHD is generally only ale to be diagnosed from 5 years and over.


    The condition is characterised by a consistent pattern of developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. These characteristics often interfere with functions or development, and commonly present as difficulty sitting still, paying attention, or controlling impulsive behaviour. For some, ADHD is pervasive and persistent to the point of interfering with everyday life in home, academic, social, and work environments.

    Even if not diagnosed in childhood, ADHD symptoms will have been present from this period.



    PATCHES ADHD Diagnosis and management services:

    PATCHES provides an ADHD diagnostic service via Telehealth or face to face assessment. At PATCHES this service is provided by Prof James Fitzpatrick (Paediatrician) and Prof Wai Chen (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist); or other paediatricians working in the service.


    ADHD diagnosis includes:

    Step 1: Gathering academic, behavioural and past assessment information from school and home (via questionnaires and / or interviews).

    Step 2: Taking a full developmental history from the parents/carers including information about pregnancy, through early childhood and to the current time.

    Step 3: Speaking with and observing the child or adolescent either in person or via Telehealth.

    Step 4: Formulating a diagnosis or ADHD and/or other conditions and discussing this with the family, as well as providing a comprehensive diagnostic report.


    Management of ADHD includes the family and young person being educated about ADHD -> implementing behavioural strategies across the home and school environment -> specific training to help with self regulation and executive functioning -> and possibly medication support.


    Please contact PATCHES to enquire about ADHD Diagnosis and management, wherever you are.

  • Other Diagnoses

    Global Developmental Delay (GDD)

    Global Developmental Delay (GDD) is a term used to describe children who have delays in their development. If you are concerned that your child is not developing at the rate you would expect you may want to get them assessed. Delays are not always lifelong disabilities and early diagnosis and intervention can help kids catch up through access to specialist services

    When a child shows delays in several areas of development, and this has continued for at least six months. The delays may be evident in:

    • gross/fine motor
    • speech/language
    • cognition – thinking, learning
    • social/personal – regulating emotions, making friends
    • activities of daily living – getting dressed.
    More information on Developmental Delay.

    Intellectual Disability (ID)

    Intellectual disability is a disability that:

    • occurs in the developmental period and is characterised by sub-average intellectual functioning
    • IQ is assessed as 70 or under
    • deficits in at least 2 areas of adaptive behaviour e.g.  communication, self care, home living, social skills, self direction

    The degree of intellectual disability varies a lot from child to child. In clinical terms intellectual disability is often defined in terms of the severity of the condition:


    Clinical term ----- Percentage ----- IQ

    MILD ----- 75% ----- 55 - 70

    MODERATE ----- 20% ----- 30 - 55

    SEVERE ----- 5% ----- under 30


    People with intellectual disability often learn at a slower rate than others. They can have problems with memory, thinking and learning (more information).



    Learning Difficulties

    Your child may be having learning difficulties at school which are causing concerns, our experienced neuropsychologists can assess why these difficulties are occurring. The testing includes academic difficulties (e.g., reading, comprehension, spelling, writing, mathematics) in addition to a full neuropsychology assessment (e.g., verbal and visual skills, attention, speed of processing, executive functioning, memory, emotional and behavioural development). We also investigate whether co-existing difficulties such as ADHD or anxiety may be contributing to your child’s learning difficulties.


    A learning difficulty may also be referred to as a learning disability or a Specific Learning Disorder when the condition significantly impacts the person's functioning.


    More information on learning disabilities.

  • Why Get an Assessment?

    There are many reasons to seek a diagnosis, a diagnosis can help you find out more about your child or family member.


    It can help you access the most appropriate supports for your child.


    A diagnosis may increase access to supports at school and home.


    If you have any questions about seeking a diagnosis please contact our diagnostic team on 6280 1259 or email.

  • Medicare Benefits

    PATCHES Diagnostic services are privately funded and therefore medicare rebates are available. Each diagnostic assessment is different and attracts different rebates. Please see out medicare fact sheet for more information

  • FASD National Program

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Services & Model of Care National Consortium

    Funded by the Department of Health Drug & Alcohol Program

    This National Program is in partnership with a number of key stakeholders including Danila Dilba, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC), Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital, Goulburn Valley Health, FASD Tasmania, Telethon Kids Institute and NOFASD. Pictured left: Staff from CAAC with James and Carmela.

    Above: Our travelling diagnostic team and their pilot - and our face recognition software that digitally measures facial features during diagnosis.

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