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How can a doctor know if a child has autism or mental impairment?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: See below
The distinction maybe hard to determine.
However a good history and some screening tests will aid in the diagnosis. Plus observation is a very strong tool.

In brief: See below
The distinction maybe hard to determine.
However a good history and some screening tests will aid in the diagnosis. Plus observation is a very strong tool.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Evaluation
Evaluation, generally, but not always done by ph.
D, psy.D, or master's level psychologists that includes tests of IQ such as the wisc-iv and standardized evaluations for autism spectrum symptoms such as the ados or gilliam scale help a professional to determine is an autistic spectrum disorder is present.

In brief: Evaluation
Evaluation, generally, but not always done by ph.
D, psy.D, or master's level psychologists that includes tests of IQ such as the wisc-iv and standardized evaluations for autism spectrum symptoms such as the ados or gilliam scale help a professional to determine is an autistic spectrum disorder is present.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree
In brief: 40-68 % of children
With autistic spectrum disorder also have intellectual disability.
School districts' child find teams & specialty teams of developmental/behavioral pediatricians, child neuropsychologists, et al, assess cognition as well as degree of asd. Social reciprocity & social communication are assessed at developmental, not chronological, age, as are observable patterns of behavior characteristic of asd.

In brief: 40-68 % of children
With autistic spectrum disorder also have intellectual disability.
School districts' child find teams & specialty teams of developmental/behavioral pediatricians, child neuropsychologists, et al, assess cognition as well as degree of asd. Social reciprocity & social communication are assessed at developmental, not chronological, age, as are observable patterns of behavior characteristic of asd.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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