shape

ChAMPS

CHAMPS (Childhood Autism Multidisciplinary Private Service) is a multidisciplinary team specialising in the assessment of Autism and other developmental disorders in childhood and adolescence. CHAMPS provides a streamlined comprehensive assessment in two 3-hour sessions with a paediatrician, clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist.

About ChAMPS

The National Guidelines for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism recommend a multidisciplinary team evaluation in circumstances where a single clinician cannot reach an accurate diagnosis. The CHAMPS team provides this assessment and ensures that a conclusion is reached as to whether a child does or does not have a development condition/disorder, such as Autism. CHAMPS clinicians use gold standard measures of Autism (ADOS-2 and ADI-R) along with cognitive/neuropsychological tests (e.g. WISC V, WIAT III, CPT, etc.), speech and language assessments (e.g. CELF) and occupational therapy assessments (sensory and developmental functioning tests) to ensure an accurate understanding of the child’s strengths and difficulties is ascertained and a diagnosis is reached. This assessment is completed at the Kids Clinic over two consecutive weekdays (3 hour sessions) so that parents do not have to drive around to various professionals in different locations. The CHAMPS assessment eliminates the difficulties with communication between independent clinicians and ensures a fast turn around for the final Assessment Report (2-3 weeks). 

Professionals include:

  • Development Paediatrician
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist

What’s involved in a CHAMPS Assessment

Referral

Referral

While a referral is not necessary, it is preferred and will enable Medicare rebates for the CHAMPS assessment. You do not need a referral prior to booking the assessment. Our CHAMPS coordinator will explain what type of referral you will need.

Assessment

Assessment

The CHAMPS assessment will take place across two sessions (3-4 hours in length) over two consecutive weeks. Standardised assessment measures will be administered and the results will be interpreted and discussed amongst the team to come to a consensus about diagnosis. 

Recommendations

Recommendations

At the end of the assessment, feedback will be provided to the parents and recommendations will be discussed. An assessment report will be finalised and sent to the parents within 2-3 weeks of the last assessment day.

What to expect

Book a CHAMPS Assessment

Call our Client Engagement Team (02) 9139 0126 and request a CHAMPS assessment. Our CHAMPS Coordinator will contact you to arrange the appointment and what is required to proceed. 

Assessment Day 1

On the first day of assessment the child and parents will be greeted by our friendly staff and the child will begin with some games and puzzles to assess cognitive abilities by our neuropsychologist, followed by a play based assessment (ADOS-2) with our clinical psychologist. Meanwhile, a developmental interview (ADI-R) will be completed with the parents. 

Assessment Day 2

On the second day of the assessment the child and parents will return and the child will be seen by the occupational therapist and speech pathologist. The parents will be interviewed further by the clinical psychologist and paediatrician. All clinicians will consult and come to a consensus on diagnosis that is then fed back to the parents at the end of the session.

Receive report

CHAMPS will provide a thorough and comprehensive report within 2-3 weeks of your last assessment day. This report will outline the findings from the assessment, conclusions, diagnoses, and treatment recommendations. This report can be used to access NDIS funding if applicable. 

Our Approach

Compassionate thoughts. Compassionate words. Compassionate heart. 

Compassion is an essential aspect of wellbeing. There are many wonderful ways to cultivate compassion. At Marsden Psychology, we aim to create a safe and caring space for the community, guided by our clinical training and experience. 

Ready to see a psychologist?

There can be lots of questions that come up when you’re trying to make a decision about whether to see a psychologist. If you have a question that we haven’t answered in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on (02) 9139 0126  or email info@marsdenpsychology.com.au . Our friendly support team will get back to you within one business day.