Tool to predict and identify children at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

A surveillance tool will be used to assess children state wide at 12 and 24 months of age for identifying children at risk of Autism.

This new tool, known as the Social Attention and Communication Surveillance tool, is able to better identifying children at risk Autism in children.

The tool is mainly used at 12 and 24 months to detect any issues with social attention and communication development in children.

In Child Health Centres in the South there is an additional trial of a screening at 18 months to see if surveillance at this age makes a difference to accurate diagnosis. People from the North and NW are also able to participate if they wish.

Although it is a lifelong disorder, early intervention through early diagnosis provides the best opportunity to support improved developmental outcomes throughout life.

This tool will be used over the next two years during routine universal child health assessments to identify infants and toddlers who are ‘at risk’ of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To make an appointment for a screening, telephone 1300 064 544

Social Attention and Communication Surveillance- Tasmanian Implementation - Frequently Asked Questions