Pediatricians testing children 18 to 36 months old often miss the symptoms of autism.
Pediatricians were recorded performing an autism assessment and in the 10-minute time frame spent evaluating the kids, they didn’t demonstrate autistic behaviors, making it much easier for the doctors to miss the diagnosis.
In the highly structured setting of the pediatrician’s office where the focus is on the child, the behaviors associated with mild autism may not be evident.
In twenty-four years of conducting assessments in my private practice, I learned that an extensive amount of time is necessary to correctly identify the severity and nature of autism symptoms.
When language processing disorders and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder occur together, they can look like autism.
A comprehensive evaluation with a child development specialist will answer your questions. Here's what it takes to diagnose autism. Don't accept anything less.
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