Your pediatrician might be able to administer screenings, but most general doctors are not trained to formally diagnose autism. They might refer you to a qualified diagnostic clinician which include:
Your experience might look different depending on the type of clinician you choose. Many families prefer working with developmental pediatricians. Others might work with a psychiatrist or another specialist to get a different perspective.
There are a few different types of assessment tools you should know about. It usually starts with an autism screener. The actual autism assessment will include a developmental or intelligence measure, an adaptive measure, autism-specific questionnaires, the developmental interview, and the autism-specific assessment. Learn more about the autism assessment tools here.
Yes, but there is room for improvement. We don’t have a single, perfect diagnostic tool for autism and there are a lot of factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis. There are a few “gold standards” that are used for diagnosis.
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