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How do doctors diagnose autism?

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An autism diagnosis starts with a parent answering a questionnaire about the child, often about behaviors that started when they were very young. Further tests and tools may include more questionnaires, surveys, and checklists, as well as interviews and observed activities.

From: ADHD or Autism? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts about ADHD," "Children with ADHD," "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Data & Statistics," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Symptoms and Diagnosis," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Screening and Diagnosis for Healthcare Providers," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Recommendations," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Treatment."

Clinical Epidemiology : "Early diagnosis of autism and impact on prognosis: a narrative review."

Pediatrics : "Timing of the Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Frontiers in Psychiatry : "Why the Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Matters."

Autism Speaks: "Asperger Syndrome."

Raising Children.net.au: "Learning to pay attention: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)."

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Communication Problems in Children."

Understood.org: "My Child Talks Nonstop. What Can I Do?"

The National Autistic Society: "Obsessions, repetitive behaviour and routines."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 28, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Facts about ADHD," "Children with ADHD," "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Data & Statistics," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Symptoms and Diagnosis," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Screening and Diagnosis for Healthcare Providers," "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Recommendations," "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Treatment."

Clinical Epidemiology : "Early diagnosis of autism and impact on prognosis: a narrative review."

Pediatrics : "Timing of the Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Frontiers in Psychiatry : "Why the Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Matters."

Autism Speaks: "Asperger Syndrome."

Raising Children.net.au: "Learning to pay attention: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)."

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Communication Problems in Children."

Understood.org: "My Child Talks Nonstop. What Can I Do?"

The National Autistic Society: "Obsessions, repetitive behaviour and routines."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 28, 2017

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