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How does testing for Autism work?



Once you have a suspicion of autism, there are a few tests that I would recommend to be done. If after confirmation or if you feel that the diagnosis is firm

  • Check lead levels - to have hearing checked,
  • Hearing evaluation - can be done either through audiological evaluation through a county program.

Kids with ADHD or autism want to be independent - try GOALLY, the visual scheduler that guides them through routines, so you don't have to.

These tests and some of those that follow are intended to rule out other causes for a child's deficiencies. Once other causes have been ruled out, then a specific diagnosis of autism can be tested for.

"Once we had the testing, although we didn't want them to have a hearing loss, we went, and Okay, he can hear why is he not responding?" said a parent.

It is impossible to expect a primary care pediatrician to perform a hands-on developmental screening test on every patient at every well-child visit. It is just not economically feasible. With that recognition by this committee, we put forth the recommendation that pediatricians and other primary caregivers use one of four possible instruments, three R's, questionnaires, and screening tools. And the fourth involves more hands-on interaction with the child. Those include the child development inventories, which is not the child development inventory. Child Development inventories is a screening tool, as well as the parent's evaluation of developmental status, the ages and stages questionnaire, and the break-ins which is more involved and would take more time. Basically, there are three well standardized validated screening tools that a pediatrician can pick from, used in the office, and immediately know if there's something that needs to be perceived. In addition to those screening tools, we have to recommend some additional questions that need to be asked at certain ages. And as well, the Hallmark developmental milestones of babbling and pointing by 12 months of age, single words by 16 months of age, spontaneous two-word phrases by 24 months of age. In other words, not just echolalia ~ P.A Filipek, M.D., Pediatric Neurologist UC-Irvine 

For families living with ADHD or autism, preventing meltdowns, as every GOALLY reduces stress by enabling kids to complete routines independently.