Currently, there is no medical test that can diagnose autism spectrum disorder. Instead, physicians and psychologists with specialized training administer autism-specific assessments to diagnose autism. As a parent, it’s important to learn the early signs of autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disorder of brain development characterized by difficulties with, (1) social communication, (2) social interaction, and (3) repetitive or restricted interests or behaviors. Though a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder always indicates symptoms in these three core areas, specific symptoms and the severity of these symptoms varies widely.