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If you suspect your child has autism, our team can provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations using research-supported assessment measures.
That gut feeling that your child is missing developmental milestones can be alarming. You likely have lots of questions, but let’s start with the basics.
Autism is known formally as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It’s a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave.
It usually appears during early childhood, and no one knows the exact cause. It can affect children of all genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Since it exists on a spectrum, no two children experience autism the same. One child might be non-verbal, while another speaks. One might be sensitive to background noise, whereas another might not.
Knowing the Symptoms
While a range of symptoms can make autism tricky to diagnose, you can look out for these early signs:
Getting a Diagnosis
If you notice an early sign, or if your gut tells you something isn’t right, talk to your child’s pediatrician.
There’s no medical or blood test to diagnose autism. Instead, healthcare professionals evaluate your child’s developmental history and behavior. They may need to rule out medical conditions, like hearing or speech problems.
If your pediatrician suspects ASD, your child will need to be evaluated by a provider who specializes in autism. This can include clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, or pediatric neurologists.
A thorough evaluation involves:
We know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed. That’s why we partner with you to support you from day one. We give you the tools and training you need to nurture your child’s potential.