Welcome - This website brings together information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for two groups of people: 'Recognisers' and 'Referrers'. Select the group that best describes you.
A recogniser is anybody who might come across a child or adult with a possible ASD.
Recognisers may be those who:
- work in education (eg. schools, early childhood centres and tertiary institutions)
- work in health or disability services (eg. child health primary care, youth health, NASCs, hospital and community services, counselling services)
- work in government services (eg. social welfare, police, legal and court services)
- are relatives, friends, caregivers, accommodation providers, co-workers, or other associates of someone who might have ASD.
A referrer is a health or education practitioner who makes initial clinical assessments for ASD, and refers for specialist hospital assessment when required.
Referrers may be:
- doctors (usually GPs)
- Plunket or public health nurses
- Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour
- speech-language therapists