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  • Writer's pictureJon Haag

How we arrive at a diagnosis

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant functional impairment in language and socialization.


Diagnosis usually starts with your pediatrician or family physician. Your physician will screen for any developmental delays as part of annual checkups. If delays are identified a referral is made to a child psychologist or neurologist.

We have an experienced child psychologist who is skilled in identifying Autism and other developmental disorder. We will administer cognitive assessments designed to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses in processing. We will formally assess adaptive skills looking for any patterns that suggest autism spectrum disorders. Finally a formal assessment of direct signs of autism will be conducted. These three key elements are utilized in arriving at an accurate diagnosis.

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