Parents are in the best position to monitor their young children, they observe them across settings and over time, and spend a great deal more time with their child than a practitioner may in any given appointment time. The most effective assessments are completed when parents and providers partner together- using tried and tested standardized assessment tools, proven on thousands of other children to be reliable, and partner to truly observe the child and the areas where he or she may be struggling.

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult, since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis.

ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. However, many children do not receive a final diagnosis until much older, which may delay the therapies or help that they need. A child who is being screened at an older age may also require the use of different screening tools in order to be valid.

Diagnosing an ASD takes two steps:

  • Developmental Screening
  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation

Recognizing The Signs
Caregivers, both in and outside of the home, are still the first line in recognizing needs as they are presented with Autism. We at AAoM want to ensure that families and professionals are prepared in responding to and addressing these needs. Please visit our Trainings page using the link below to register for education opportunities to build and enhance these valuable skills.