There is no specific diagnostic test for Autism Spectrum Disorders. The best way to get a diagnosis is via a multi disciplinary assessment. This involves having your child tested by a number of professionals, who will provide you with the information you need to make decisions about program and treatment approaches.
The age of diagnosis can range from approximately 18 months through to adulthood, depending on circumstances. A diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder will only be made if the ‘autistic like’ pattern of behaviour is apparent before the age of three years. Sometimes a provisional diagnosis is made if the child is very young, and a reassessment at a later date is recommended.
Is Diagnosis Important?
Without diagnosis, a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder cannot receive the specialist intervention and education they require to develop or maximise their skills. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chances are of a child receiving appropriate help and support.
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