Hello and welcome to 101Autism.com! Our mission is to make autism easy to understand and accessible for everyone. Here, we will walk you through the process of autism diagnosis in a simplified manner. Additionally, we have provided some useful facts and links to relevant resources on our website for your convenience.
Autism diagnosis is based on observing a person’s behavior and using professional tests. Experts like psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, and physicians must be involved. There are several tests commonly used for diagnosing autism, including:
- Autism Diagnostic Checklist Form E-2
- CHAT (Checklist for Autism in Toddlers)
- CARS (Childhood Autism Rating Scale)
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test -2
- ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale)
- M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers)
- ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised)
You can learn more about these tests by visiting our Diagnostic Tools page.
In addition to these tests, experts consider information from interviews with parents and the child’s medical history. The DSM-IV – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders provides guidelines for diagnosing autism, which professionals follow.
Autism is part of a group of conditions called Pervasive Developmental Disorders, which include:
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Rett Syndrome
- PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified)
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
To learn more about these conditions, please visit our Types of Autism page.
The DSM-IV outlines various characteristics used to classify Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). These guidelines help professionals accurately diagnose and provide support for individuals with autism.
We hope this explanation has made the process of autism diagnosis more accessible. Remember, if you have any concerns about your child’s development, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional. For more information on autism and related topics, please explore our website, 101Autism.com.