How is autism diagnosed?

There are no biological tests to determine autism. However, specifically trained physicians, psychologists and speech language pathologists can do testing. This testing can capture autism-specific behavioral observations. Parent interviews also are helpful in diagnosing autism. Parents are usually the first to notice signs of unusual behavior and are encouraged to trust their instincts and seek out a doctor to complete a screening evaluation. From there, the doctor can refer the child to the appropriate specialist.

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