Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders
Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors. If you have concerns about your child’s development it is important to share them with your pediatrician. Children should be screened for autism at each primary care visit at 9, 18, 24 and 30 months. If your child does not pass the screening tools, he should be referred for a diagnostic evaluation.
While you are waiting for the diagnostic evaluation appointment, your child should be referred for therapy to Early intervention (birth-3) or Early Education Services (3 and over).
A medical evaluation of autism may be made by physicians with expertise in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders.
The evaluation may include:
Review of previous medical and educational reports
Review of the child and families medical history
Structured interview with family members as well as the child
Behavior rating scales completed by parent, teachers, and child
ADOS- standard autism observation scale
Occupational therapy evaluation
Cognitive adaptive testing
Physical and neurological exam
Our multidisciplinary team will make specific recommendations for interventions for your child.
There is no single, definitive treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. However, research indicates that early behavioral interventions help to maximize each child's potential.
Treatment options may include but are not limited to:
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