Diagnosing autism in children

Medical professionals often use certain diagnostic techniques to detect autism in children. Since the cause of autism is yet to be ascertained, diagnostic methods are based on looking for certain behaviors exhibited by the child.

The physician usually applies investigations, interviews, observation, interactions and evaluations to detect whether the child is autistic or not. Make sure that you get a doctor’s note before leaving the hospital.


Some of the instruments used in diagnosis include the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R).

While ADOS uses interacts and observes the child, ADI-R is carried out to interview the parents. If your child has autusm, you may need to get a doctors excuse for work.

Other screening tests, which work to diagnose children with autism  or those affected by other forms of pervasive diagnostic disorders(PDDs) include:

  • M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers),
  • CARS (Childhood Autism Rating Scale),
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test -2, and
  • Autism Diagnostic Checklist Form E-2.

Finally, if you suspect that your child is having autism then having that child observed and assessed by a physician is very important. The signs and hints on the diagnostic approaches hinted can give you good idea.