Autism – Cassandra Gist

Cassandra Gist  –  Quals: B Psych (Hons), M Applied Psychology (Health)

Autism: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined as lifelong development disabilities characterised by marked difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory activities (Autism Spectrum Australia).  Even though ASD is a lifelong condition, social, communication and sensory difficulties may be remediated by methods of intervention therapy and structured support.

Counselling Approach: Cassandra is experienced in administering neurological assessments required for diagnosis of ASD. This may involve an Intelligence test (IQ test) and an adaptive functioning assessment which assesses the child’s daily functioning abilities. The diagnosis process can be guided by Cassandra, in function with the child’s GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist, the child’s school and with the family.   Following diagnosis, Cassandra utilises evidence based therapeutic methods that are proven to achieve positive outcomes.

 Usually $180/hr (initial appt $220). Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship.

Availability: Usually within a week including evening appointments.

Practice Location: M1 Psychology, 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, QLD.

Appointments: 3067 9129 or book with Cassandra Gist online now!