Autism | Diagnosis & Tests

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How is autism diagnosed?

There is no lab test that can detect autism. Autism often is diagnosed when a baby or toddler doesn't behave as expected for his or her age. If your doctor thinks your child has autism, he or she will probably suggest that your child see a child psychiatrist or other specialist. The specialist will probably observe your child to see if he or she shows signs of autism.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/01

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