Diagnostic Evaluations for Autism in Children

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Diagnostic Evaluations for Autism in Children

There are currently no biological laboratory tests that can diagnose autism. Diagnoses are made through a combination of formal clinical observation of children and information gathered from parents’ expertise in their child’s development. Our Center provides diagnostic evaluations for children and adolescents suspected of having autism spectrum disorder.

Program overview

These evaluations typically take place over several appointments with professionals from different disciplines (e.g., psychology, speech language pathology, psychiatry, neurology). The number of appointments and professionals participating will be determined based on each child’s specific needs and reason for referral (e.g., medical, behavioral).

Feedback about your child’s diagnosis and recommendations for appropriate interventions and referrals will be provided once the evaluation is complete. Additionally, medical tests (e.g., genetic testing, brain imaging) may be ordered to rule out any neurological or biological explanations for delays in development, if indicated. 

Psychiatric consultation and treatment

Our pediatric psychiatrists offer behavioral therapy and medication to target specific symptoms often associated with autism spectrum disorders. Medication is frequently used in combination with behavioral interventions to help children manage symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattention, aggression and anxiety.

Educational assessments and support

Accessing appropriate school services can be a challenge for families of children with autism and developmental disabilities. We administer screening and assessments and offer guidance and support when working within the educational system and the community. When needed, we have the ability to act as an advocate on behalf of a patient and his or her family.

Speech language evaluation and therapy

The speech-language pathologist may provide a diagnosis after assessing a child’s social use of language and interactive skills. After diagnosis, a speech-language pathologist may provide therapy, working with your child individually or in a small group of children to overcome difficulties.

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