ID Planning Flowchart

‘Where do I start and how do I get help?’ is the question that parents ask themselves when there is a suspicion that something is not quite right with their child. The flowchart following may help you organise your thoughts and think about what needs to be done and in what order to do it.

Suspicion of a neurodevelopmental disorder

Something is not quite right; could it be an Intellectual Disability?

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Document your observations of your child

What are you seeing or not seeing, what comments are you hearing from other people?

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Speak with your medical practitioner and ask for a referral for an assessment with:

Paediatrician

Psychologist

Diagnosis is confirmed as Intellectual Disability without any further learning disability:


If your child is under 5 years of age

Register with your local provider to access Early Intervention Services and register with disability services

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Cognitive assessment

What was my child’s range- mild range 70 – 55, moderate 55 – 30 or severe range below 30

If your child is school age

Make an appointment with the school principal to discuss implications for educational pathways and adjustments that may be required, provide documentation to the school to obtain further funding for school support

For the young adult

This information will provide information for post school pathways to study and employment for ‘reasonable accommodations’ to be made.

Diagnosis is confirmed as ID with possible associated learning or physical disability:

Referral for further assessment

If you believe your child or the young adult shows signs of – inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity, repetitive behaviours, communication and social issues, physical challenges.

If you receive a further diagnosis

and your child is under 5 years of age- register with your local provider to access Early Intervention Services and register with disability services

If your child is school age

Make an appointment with the school principal to discuss implications for educational pathways and adjustments that may be required, provide documentation to the school to obtain further funding for school support and register with disability services

For the young adult

This information will provide information for post school pathways to study and employment for ‘reasonable accommodations’ to be made.

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