Unfortunately, there is no medical test (like a blood test) for autism. Your pediatrician will conduct developmental screenings several times in your child’s first two years. If there’s a concern, the next step is a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation.
The evaluation looks at the child’s behavior and development. It includes a hearing and vision screening, genetic testing, neurological testing, and other medical testing. Your doctor might recommend the evaluation be done by a specialist such as a:
- Developmental pediatrician
- Pediatric neurologist
- Child psychologist or psychiatrist
- Occupational therapist
- Speech and language therapist