There are no medical tests (like blood test) for diagnosing autism, but when parents become concerned about developmental delays in children, they should consult their pediatrician. He or she can rule out various potential medical causes, such as hearing problems.
Developmental screening is a short test to tell if children are learning basic skills when they should, or if they might have delays. All children should be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during well-child doctor visits at:
ASD screening may be completed by a number of different professionals (e.g., primary care physicians, speech pathologists, teachers, etc.), the diagnosis of ASD should typically be made by a neurologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or developmental-behavioral pediatrician who has been trained in the diagnosis of ASD.
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