Roadmap through the Autism Spectrum
What is the Roadmap through the Autism Spectrum?
These are the steps that you would go through if there is a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. TACA has an excellent visual map of these steps at http://www.tacanow.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/taca-aj-blueprints2010.pdf The links below expand on each part of the map providing relevant information to gain a better understanding.
Step 0: Informal Assessment
When you have a gut feeling that something is not right with the development of your child or they are farther behind in reaching their developmental milestones than their peers an informal assessment can be done and brought to your doctor when you request a referral to a specialist.
Respected Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening Tools Available Online for Personal Use
Step 1: Formal Assessment and Diagnosis
You will need a formal diagnosis for an autism spectrum disorder to receive assistance and funding for therapies and education. Formal assessments will need to be done by a neurologist, a speech and language therapist, an occupational therapist and a psychologist. Core symptoms will need to be observed that meet the criteria for diagnosis.
The Criteria for a Diagnosis (Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders)
The 3 Core Symptoms of an Autism Spectrum Disorder
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