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How does a psychiatrist diagnose Asperger's syndrome?

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A psychiatrist has expertise in mental health conditions and can prescribe medicine to treat them. The doctor will ask questions about your child's behavior, including:

Then the doctor will observe your child in different situations to see firsthand how he or she communicates and behaves.

  • What symptoms does your child have, and when did you first notice them?
  • When did your child first learn to speak, and how does he or she communicate?
  • Is your child focused on any subjects or activities?
  • Does your child have friends, and how does he or she interact with others?

From: Asperger's Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria."

American Psychiatric Association: "Autism Spectrum Disorder," "Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder."

Asperger/Autism Network: "Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis in Children."

Autism Society: "Asperger's Syndrome."

Autism Speaks: "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about DSM-5," "Asperger Syndrome," "Interventions and Treatment Options," "Social Communication Disorder: Parents Seek Guidance."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet."

Nemours Foundation: "Asperger Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria."

American Psychiatric Association: "Autism Spectrum Disorder," "Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder."

Asperger/Autism Network: "Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis in Children."

Autism Society: "Asperger's Syndrome."

Autism Speaks: "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about DSM-5," "Asperger Syndrome," "Interventions and Treatment Options," "Social Communication Disorder: Parents Seek Guidance."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet."

Nemours Foundation: "Asperger Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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