Doctors diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder by looking at a child’s behaviour and development. Young children withAutism Spectrum Disorder can usually be reliably diagnosed by age two. Older children and adolescents should be screened forAutism Spectrum Disorder when a parent or teacher raises concerns based on observations of the child’s social, communicative, and play behaviours.
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults is not easy. In adults, some Autism Spectrum Disorder symptoms can overlap with symptoms of other mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, getting a correct diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as an adult can help a person understand past difficulties, identify his or her strengths, and obtain the right kind of help.
If you believe your child is showing signs of autism or you are concerned about your child’s behaviours and developmental milestone progress, we would recommend you see a professional to screen for Autism. Please contact us and we will put you in contact with a trusted doctor to help you find answers.
If a formal diagnosis is required, the evaluation is with a team of doctors and other health professionals with a wide range of specialties who are experienced in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder. This team may include:
The evaluation may assess:
The outcome of the evaluation will result in recommendations to help plan services and supports. It’s important to get help and support as soon as possible.