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** How Is Autism Diagnosed? **

 Presently, we don’t have a medical test that can diagnose autism.
Instead, specially trained physicians and psychologists administer
autism-specific behavioral evaluations.

Often parents are the first to notice that their child is showing unusual
behaviors such as failing to make eye contact, not responding to his or her
name or playing with toys in unusual, repetitive ways. For a description of
early indicators of autism, see Learn the Signs.

The Modified Checklist of Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a list of
informative questions about your child. The answers can indicate whether he
or she should be further evaluated by a specialist such as a developmental
pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist or psychologist. (Take the M-CHAT

We encourage parents to trust their instincts and find a doctor who will
listen and refer their child to appropriate specialists for diagnosis.
Unfortunately, doctors unfamiliar with diagnosing autism sometimes dismiss
parent concerns


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