PARENTING TIPS & TOPICS: Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

autism spectrum disorder image   PARENTING TIPS & TOPICS:STRATEGIES and TECHNIQUES MONTHLY TOPIC:  Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) IMPORTANT POINTS: Diagnosing autism often includes two steps: 1)     Developmental Screening

  1. The child’s pediatrician will ask parents about the child’s language, behavior, and overall developmentduring routine child visits
  2. Screening specifically for ASD should occur at the 18 month and 24 month well-child visits. Additional screening should be completed if the child is a risk
  3. If concerns arise the pediatrician will recommend a more comprehensive evaluation to be completed by a specialist, like a Developmental Pediatrician or Child Psychologist

2)    Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation

  1. This is a thorough review of child’s behavior and development and an interview with parents
  2. This can include hearing and vision screening, genetic testing, developmental testing, and other direct testing with the child
  3. Data is obtained from multiple sources and a comprehensive understanding of the child’s skills are obtained in efforts to make an accurate diagnosis