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How can you determine if someone is autistic or mentally retarded?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral

They often co-exist: Pediatric (neuro)psychologists use age-appropriate standardized tests of cognitive & adaptive skills to determine Global Developmental Delay through age 4, then Intellectual Disability. A DSM-V Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis requires qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocity + stereotypies/narrow, restricted areas of interest; specific tests quantify the degree of ASD.

Answered 3/7/2015

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