A complete medical history will be taken along with a physical examination to help confirm the diagnosis of autism or to see whether there are other causes for unusual behaviours.1 Also, the doctor will ask questions to assess the child's strengths and weaknesses and the family's resources.
Information from this interview will help your doctor apply the diagnostic standards from the American Psychiatric Association.2 These standards are the basis for recommendations used by the Canadian Paediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
The doctor will ask questions similar to the following.
- Johnson CP, et al. (2007, reaffirmed 2010). American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report: Identification and evaluation of children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, 120(5): 1183–1215.
- American Psychiatric Association (2000). Autistic disorder. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., text rev., pp. 70–75. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
Last Revised: May 29, 2012
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