What should I expect when I see a doctor about autism spectrum disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you see a doctor about your child's autism spectrum disorder symptoms, he or she will want to know about your child's behavior, including any changes you have observed in your child's behavior. It is a good idea to write these down before the appointment, as well as a list of medications, vitamins, and other supplements your child takes. If you have video recordings of your child exhibiting any repetitive behaviors, the doctor may want to see it. The doctor will likely want to observe your child in a play area, or interacting with other people in a social situation.

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The specialist you will see will also want to know extensive background history about your child, including when he/she reached their developmental milestones, when did you notice that your child was delayed or "out of sorts", what things does your child do to communicate to you, socialize with family and others. It is important for parents to keep detailed notes about their child's behaviors and when they seem to be doing them and if they seem to grow out of these behaviors or if they becomes part of their day to day life.

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