The occupational therapist explained that diagnosing autism is a complex process requiring a comprehensive assessment. Amelia would need to see a number of health professionals, including a paediatrician, psychologist and speech pathologist.
With limited options and a very limited family budget, it quickly became apparent the only options available would involve huge waiting lists, irregular appointments, and long trips in multiple directions. Jenny did find an option for a full autism assessment to be done privately, but it was going to cost thousands of dollars – money the family simply didn’t have.
Meanwhile, Amelia wasn’t coping in her first term at school. Jenny postponed her planned return to work to care for Amelia. With no diagnosis, there was virtually no support available to the family at home or school.