Diagnosis

When there are concerns about a child's lack of communication, lack of eye contact, lack of interest in other people or appropriate aged toys, and/or excessive interest in repetitive movements (spinning objects on toys or fans), it is important to pursue a medical examination by a qualified physician or licensed psychologist who is regularly diagnosing and /or working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

The health insurance provider (private insurance, self-insured insurance, Medicaid or MIChild) can assist with qualified professionals that can service the child or adult with a medical visit to determine if the individual does have autism spectrum disorder.

There is no quick medical test to diagnosis autism spectrum disorder. Autism behavior assessments will be used with the child or adult along with the family/caregiver. An autism diagnostic evaluation may include a multi-disciplinary team of specialists including a pediatrician/family physician, psychologist, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) will be used during the evaluation. See DSM-5 ASD Fact Sheet.