Does My Child Have Autism?
About half of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder notice their child’s unusual behaviours by age 18 months, and about four-fifths notice by age 24 months. Postponing treatment may affect the long-term outcome. While there are similar or shared symptoms between people with autism, some higher functioning individuals have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. Individuals who exhibit higher functioning autism (previously known as Aspergers) sometimes have learning problems and or struggle to relate to others.
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder
Making a diagnosis can be difficult if a clinician lacks experience because autism spectrum disorder varies widely among affected persons. Consequently, persons with the disorder may be misdiagnosed and may miss the opportunity to gain assess to important services. Even so, gaining the diagnoses in adulthood still provides an opportunity for a person with autism to access therapy, community support programs and or financial benefits.
Is Having the Diagnostic Label Helpful or Harmful?
Some people see a formal diagnosis as an unhelpful label; However, for many, a diagnosis has many advantages:
- It helps individuals and their families, friends, partners, and colleagues to
understand their needs and manage their behaviours.
- It is necessary to access Special Education resources at school or workplace accommodations.
- It is the key that opens the door to specialized services and available benefits and support.
Autism Assessments at Toronto Psychological
Services & Research Centre Toronto Psychological Services & Research Centre completes ASD Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults aged 2+ years of age. Early identification, diagnosis and intervention provide the best opportunity to reduce the impact of autism on a child’s life. That is, the child has a greater chance of learning to function independently as an adult. Completing the assessment later in life has the added benefit of providing the client and their family.