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How do health care providers diagnose autism?

Health care providers look for certain symptoms or groups of symptoms to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to his or her health care provider right away. The provider then can examine the child and check for specific problems, such as autism.​

  • Routine Developmental Screening

  • Specialized Screening for ASD

  • Diagnosing ASD

Citations

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  1. Myers, S. M., & Johnson, C. P.; American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities. (2007). Management of children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, 120(5), 1162–1182. [top]
  2. Johnson, C. P., & Myers, S. M.; American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities. (2007). Identification and evaluation of children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, 120(5), 1183–1215. [top]
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2006). Identifying infants and young children with developmental disorders in the medical home: An algorithm for developmental screening and surveillance. Pediatrics, 118(1), 405–420. [top]
  4. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. (2013). American Psychiatric Association: Washington, DC. [top]

What are the symptoms of autism?

When do children usually show symptoms of autism?

What causes autism?

How many people are affected by autism?

How do health care providers diagnose autism?

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