How Is Autism Diagnosed?

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There is no test for autism, there is no diagnostic test for autism, no medical kind of test, it's through an observation. If someone that has a history as [xx] trained and diagnoses that does the diagnosis primarily, so talking to a psychologist primarily, it does the diagnosis.

It's observation, it's looking at a child, looking at how they behave, you're looking at how their responses, it's also of you you're talking to parents primarily about the history because autism is a historical diagnosis. There are observational scales that you can use to help take your observation and classify them and help them come up with a diagnosis but a diagnosis only as good as the diagnostician and their ability to observe and their ability to interview.