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How would my pediatrician check for autism in my child at a yearly check up?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 20 years experience
Autism at the ck up: At the annual check up the pediatrician looks for certain signs that affect language and behavior. Children are expected to follow certain norms depending on their age. Pediatricians also have charts to help them evaluate intellectual function, although they may not show this, as they tend to show height and weight instead.
Dr. Stacy Frye
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Questionnaire & exam: In the early years, such as during a toddler's routine physical, pediatricians will observe a child's behavior during the visit. There are also well-validated questionnaires such as the M-CHAT that are standard for pediatricians to use to gather information from parents. The M-CHAT is a screening tool for kids ages 16-30 months old.

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