When parents or providers of care are worried that their child is not following a traditional developmental course, they turn to specialists for a diagnosis, including psychologists, educators, and medical professionals.
Some people with autism may seem to have an intellectual disability, at first sight, sensory processing difficulties, or hearing or vision problems. These conditions will co-occur with autism, to further complicate matters.
It is important to distinguish autism from other disorders, however, as a specific and early diagnosis of autism can provide the basis for an effective educational and treatment program.
Many medical conditions or syndromes can show symptoms that are confusingly similar to those of autism, such as sensory processing disorder. This is called differential diagnosis.
There are many variations between a medical diagnosis and an impairment being decided by education, or assessed by the school. A physician makes a medical diagnosis based on an analysis of the symptoms and diagnostic tests.
A brief observation may not pose a true picture of someone's abilities and actions in a single setting. The developmental history of the individual and the feedback from parents, clinicians, and/or teachers are important components of a specific diagnosis.
Late autism diagnosis are becoming more common as more information about autism is made readily available There are many reason why people may seek out diagnosis as adults, and the pathways for this are not always clear or accessible . Our mission at JAS is to fight for early detection if possible and if not possible we will fight for adult diagnosis and support. We will help find access to a professional who can conduct these assessments.