What's in this module

Hear from Anne

What's included

Using a case study, this module, helps you build a process for functional assessment including determining which areas of client functioning to assess, why and how as well as establishing a detailed support plan on the basis of the assessment data.

  • Module toolkit (a workbook, assessment planning guide, support planning guide and completed case example)

  • Instructional videos

  • A case study

Module Outline

The module includes the following lessons:

  • Defining functional assessment

  • Why is functional assessment part of an ASD diagnosis?

  • What to assess and how?

  • I've got the data. What's next?

  • Alex's support plan

Skill Development

This module focuses on the following skills:

  • Empathic listening

    Being attentive to what is being said and enacted in order to deeply understand another’s life experience before developing hypotheses.

  • Researching

    Collecting and analysing client information to identify patterns and insights, and form hypotheses.

  • Problem solving

    Identifying which combinations of assessment measures are the best fit for a given purpose.


Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre

Dr Anne Chalfant

Anne is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Annie’s Centre based in Sydney. A successful author, speaker, podcast host, and researcher in child development and mental health, she consults across Australia and globally. Anne is internationally regarded for her expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a member of both the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). Anne began her early career developing and co-authoring the Autism Spectrum adaptation of the acclaimed Cool Kids Anxiety Program. She received the Australian Psychological Society National Clinical Psychology Conference Prize for Early Career Research for this work. In 2011, she published the book, Managing Anxiety in People with Autism, which subsequently became a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Psychology section. It has since sold thousands of copies worldwide. She also published the children’s book “Wally the Worried Wallaby in Dog-Gone Trouble” and the related parent guide as a way to assist families in preventing and managing anxiety in young children. In 2004 Anne was a pioneer in establishing a multidisciplinary private practice, which specialised in helping children with developmental and mental health difficulties. For over 15 years Annie’s Centre was known as a centre for excellence in assessment, diagnosis and treatment for hundreds of children and families. Now Anne splits her time between caring for her own 5 children, producing the Annie’s Centre podcast as a free support service to families, and conducting training courses and workshops. These are highly regarded by medical and allied health professionals across the globe.