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How is it diagnosed?

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team
Checked by : Dr S Anandalakshmy
Advisor on Child Development & Education,

There are no blood tests or X-rays to detect autism. It is usually the parents who are able to detect the first signs of their child being different. A psychiatrist or child psychologist diagnoses it after a series of tests and observations in different environments to evaluate the child's social behavior and language skills. If possible, expert opinion should be sought.

More than formal testing, in which a child with autism would not function optimally, observations, play-based assessments and interviewing the parents will help the specialist assess the child.

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