Leorah Kagan, Director & Clinical Paediatric Psychologist, has over 15 years experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Leorah uses a ‘Gold-Standard’ approach to the diagnosis of Autism within a multi-disciplinary team including Paediatricians, Speech Pathologists, and School Staff. Leorah incorporates standardised assessment tools such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WPPSI-IV/WISC-IV), the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS 2), the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS 2). Leorah also uses a number of screening tools and visits kindergartens/schools to speak to teachers and make her own clinical observations. An Autism Diagnostic Assessment typically takes 2-4 sessions, depending on the needs of the child. Medicare rebates to eligible families are available. Leorah extends her work with children post diagnosis. The Spectrum Autism Clinic is a FaHCSIA/DSS approved clinic and provides interventions (individual and group) for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Group work includes social skills groups for primary school-aged and secondary school-aged children, Parenting Support Groups and Parenting Workshops.
Leorah Kagan is also the founder/director of The Wishing Wellness Clinic. The Wishing Wellness Clinic (wishingwellness.com.au) is a child & adolescent therapy clinic, providing therapy to children, adolescents and parents on a broad range of issues. Spectrum Autism Clinic is a specialist clinic within Wishing wellness, operating from the same premises.
Funding options – overview
Spectrum Autism Clinic is a registered DSS/FaHCSIA service provider for the Helping Children with Autism (Early Intervention) funding package
The Early Intervention funding under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package is aimed at providing increased access to Early Intervention for children aged up to six years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The funding supports the delivery of multidisciplinary evidence based Early Intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school.
There are several funding options available relating to our psychology services for an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including: