A complete medical history will be taken along with a
physical examination to help confirm the diagnosis of
autism or to see whether there are other causes for
unusual behaviors.1 Also, the doctor will ask
questions to assess the child's strengths and weaknesses and the family's
Information from this interview will help your doctor
apply the diagnostic standards from the American Psychiatric
Association.2 These standards are the basis for
recommendations used by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
will ask questions similar to the following.