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Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital

Symptoms which raise the possibility of an ASD include:

  • delayed or unusual use of language
  • difficulties reading other people instinctively
  • a narrow range of interests
  • obsessionality
  • a strong preference for routines and rituals
  • marked inflexibility
  • intense emotional reactions (‘meltdowns”) and/or high anxiety levels
  • unusual sensory behaviours

A range of causes for these behaviours needs to be considered and initial assessment by a developmental paediatrician is a recommended for this purpose.

The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in helping assess for and manage children with ASD and related developmental and emotional problems:

Daryl is a paediatrician who has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 30 years and currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, associate professor in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, and senior research fellow in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Daryl is active in research into better ways to treat children with developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and Tourette syndrome.

Noel is an experienced general paediatrician and clinical pharmacologist. He has a unique background, having worked in general practice for several years before completing his paediatric training. He currently has appointments as a general paediatrician and director of clinical pharmacology in the Department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital and as director of the Australian Paediatric Pharmacology Research Unit at Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

Annette is a senior clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and research fellow in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Annette’s clinical interests are in managing children with a range of developmental conditions, from infancy to late childhood.

Her areas of speciality include learning difficulties, craniofacial disorders, ADHD, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders and genetic conditions.

Emily is a General Paediatrician who enjoys managing children of all ages with a family centered, holistic approach. She has a specific interest in managing children with complex genetic or medical problems as well as developmental and behavioural conditions such as autism, anxiety, ADHD and learning disorders. She also enjoys working with children who have constipation, encopresis, wetting issues, sleep problems, headaches and other common paediatric medical conditions.

Fiona has worked with children and families with a broad range of difficulties for over 18 years.  Her experience spans a range of settings, including mental health and early intervention.  In addition to working in private practice, Fiona coordinates the Specialist Autism Team at the Royal Children’s Hospital and is engaged in teaching and lecturing.  

Julian is an experienced paediatrician who currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital and as a research fellow in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics.

His areas of interest include acute general paediatrics, learning and behavioural disorders and lymphoedema.

Julian also has experience in international child health, working as a WHO consultant in the People’s Republic of China and the Solomon Islands.

Melinda is a skilled paediatrician who sees children with a range of medical, behavioural and developmental problems from birth to 18 years. She has a particular interest in unsettled babies, developmental and behavioural concerns, ADHD, autism, sleep issues and learning differences. She also has experience in a range of common paediatric conditions including constipation, asthma, eczema, and toileting concerns.

Michaela trained as a Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s and The Mercy Hospitals in Melbourne.

During her training Michaela specialised in developmental and behavioural paediatrics, but since then she has continued to work both acute and outpatient settings, seeing children of all ages, including babies.

Michaela’s areas of interests include developmental delay, speech delay, failure to thrive and growth concerns, Autism, ADHD, constipation, encopresis and enuresis, behavioural problems, anxiety, eczema, asthma and urinary tract infections.

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