Diagnosing ASD

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How is Autism Diagnosed?

Mary Boehm, MA, CCC-SLP Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division Download the printable brief version of this post here. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition; this means that ASD affects how a person’s brain develops. When a person has ASD, there are problems with social communication, and repetitive patterns of behavior or restricted interests. The current definition for Autism Spectrum Disorder comes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Autism is a spectrum because there is a range of symptoms and severity levels. Some people have mild […]