Sue larkey’s expert series: The fabulous new screening tools to get an an earlier diagnosis with Professor Barbaro

Learn about Autism Diagnosis and Screening Tools today!


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Expert Guest: Professor Josephine Barbaro is a Principal Research Fellow and Neurodiversity Affirming Psychologist at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University. She is co-founder of Australia’s first ‘Early Assessment Clinic’ for autism, focusing on children under 3 years old. A/Prof Barbaro’s research interests are in the early identification and diagnosis of autism in infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, family health and well-being following a diagnosis, and Neurodiversity Affirming research and practice.

In this interview, we will discuss Autism Diagnosis and Screening Tools, including:

✅ What is autism screening/developmental surveillance?

✅ What are some of the early signs of Autism?

✅ How early can we identify and diagnose Autistic kiddos and what’s the current average age of diagnosis?

✅ The tools Professor Babaro’s developed – SACS (for professionals), ASDetect (for parents), how accurate they are, where they’re being used, and how people can access them.

✅ What to do if you suspect a child is Autistic?

✅ How to talk to parents in an affirming and empathic way if you suspect their child might be showing early signs?

✅ What to do if Doctors dismiss parental/carer concerns and say things like, ‘They are just being a boy’ or ‘they will grow out of it?’

Research Referred to in Podcast 

Diagnostic Accuracy of the Social Attention and Communication Surveillance–Revised With Preschool Tool for Early Autism Detection in Very Young Children

How to talk to your child about their autism diagnosis – the earlier the better

ASDetect App:

For more information about the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC):

My recommended resources:

Kids in the Syndrome Mix

| by Martin L. Kutscher MD | Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioural disorders in children from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.


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