A complete medical history will be taken along with a
physical examination to help confirm the diagnosis of
autism or to see whether there are other causes for
unusual behaviours.1 Also, the doctor will ask
questions to assess the child's strengths and weaknesses and the family's
Information from this interview will help your doctor
apply the diagnostic standards from the American Psychiatric
Association.2 These standards are the basis for
recommendations used by the Canadian Paediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
will ask questions similar to the following.
Johnson CP, et al. (2007, reaffirmed 2010). American Academy of
Pediatrics clinical report: Identification and evaluation of children with
autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, 120(5):
American Psychiatric Association (2000). Autistic
disorder. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., text rev., pp. 70–75. Washington, DC: American
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerFred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current as ofMay 23, 2014
Current as of:
May 23, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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