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).
Adolescents on the autism spectrum have unique challenges that are often hard for their parents, teachers, and peers to understand. While adolescence is a difficult time for most people, it is especially tough for teens who struggle to understand ever-changing social expectations. We all remember the stress of our middle school and high school years. Our bodies were changing, our friends were changing, and all of the rules around us were changing. Since people on the autism spectrum rely on consistency...
Committee on Children
with Disabilities, American Academy of Pediatrics (2001). Technical report: The pediatrician's role in the
diagnosis and management of autistic spectrum disorder in children.
Pediatrics, 107(5): 1-18.
American Psychiatric Association (2000). Autistic
disorder. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., text rev., pp. 70-75. Washington, DC: American
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
April 12, 2010
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April 12, 2010
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