Autism Diagnosis

a Mile to a Smile

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There are a lot of different presentations of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and it can overlap with other conditions, that is why it Is crucial to get a professional diagnosis and assessment for proper directions. 

Diagnosing Autism

  1. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts 

  2. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities 

  3. Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period 

  4. Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning 

  5. These disturbances are not better explained by intellectual disability or global developmental delay 

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Why Do We Need To Do Assessment?

An assessment is the initial step in understanding your child’s development, strengths, weaknesses, and delays. It helps clinicians evaluate diagnoses and recommend suitable interventions. With this understanding, parents are equipped to maximize their child’s chances of success by taking necessary steps.

 

What is the Process of Assessment? 

Assessment is a three-part process that involves 

  1. Gathering information from parents and teachers through interviews and questionnaires, 
  2. Direct assessment and observation of the child using standardized assessments and in natural settings, and 
  3. Feedback session with parents to explain assessment findings and provide recommendations. 
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How Can We Obtain a Diagnosis? 

A diagnosis is obtained by thoroughly assessing the child’s behaviors based on the DSM-5 classification system. It may be necessary for subvented services or school accommodations. However, even without a formal diagnosis, children can still benefit from intervention and additional support.

a Mile to a Smile

If In Doubt, Seek Assessment As Soon As Possible.