How Autism Is Diagnosed

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult because there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorder. Doctors look at the child’s developmental history and behavior to make a diagnosis. ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months of age or younger. In this article, we shall discuss how autism is diagnosed.

By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered reliable. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older. Some people are not diagnosed until they are adolescents or adults. This delay means that people with ASD might not get the early help they need.

Diagnosing children with ASD as early as possible is important to make sure children receive the services and support they need to reach their full potential.

Autism is officially called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). People typically receive their diagnosis in childhood.

Autistic people may have difficulty with communication and social situations. Living in a world that’s not well adapted for autistic people can make things difficult.

Autism looks very different from person to person. No two people have the same autistic behaviors or support needs, if any are needed at all.

Some autistic people may mask their autistic behaviors, making it more challenging for them to receive a diagnosis.

Some people also have concurrent conditions, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That can make it more difficult for doctors to diagnose autism too.

To receive an accurate diagnosis, you’ll need to have a comprehensive evaluation from a team of specialists. These specialists might include:

  • psychologists
  • developmental pediatricians
  • neurologists

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