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How is Autism defined and diagnosed?

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Often, families are searching for information as they:

• Are considering having their child evaluated for autism

• Have just received a diagnosis of autism for their child

In order to support families who are in this researching phase, we have gathered and defined some autism related terminology we think might be helpful. While this is not an exhaustive list, these are terms, concepts and topics we think might be most relevant.

We LOVE serving children with autism and supporting their families! If you review this document and have questions, please contact us at info@dashaba.org.

What’s Included in the Guide?

This guide covers the basics of what autism is and what it is not. It explains what is meant when clinicians explain that Autism is considered a spectrum disorder. We explore the range of symptoms and severity as these can vary significantly between individuals. We provide insight into how autism can be diagnosed and the role of medical professionals across many disciplines, from pediatricians to psychologists, psychiatrists to neurologists and more, as it pertains to this diagnosis and the many tests employed.

We speak from experience about what parents can expect from their children with autism in terms of potential for repetitive behaviors, difficulty with communication and social interactions, and a range of other symptoms. Navigating the beginnings of a potential or actual autism diagnosis is best done armed with facts. Learning how to see autism as neurodiversity begins to open parents and families with the right support and resources to take the next step with their child.

Download the guide today and let us walk you through the first steps of this journey. You are not alone.