Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) needs a multi-faceted process heeding a comprehensive approach.

Early Signs and Pediatrician’s Role

The diagnostic journey usually begins with pediatricians who play an important role in identifying early signs of ASD during well-child visits, particularly at the 18- and 24-month checkups.

They observe the child’s behavior, interact with them, and collect information about the family’s medical history paying close attention to any potential ASD occurrences.

Pediatricians closely monitor developmental milestones and also look for:

  • unusual or repetitive behaviors
  • challenges in social interaction
  • difficulty making eye contact
  • responsiveness to attention
  • understanding others’ actions
  • tone of voice
  • sensitivities to sensory stimuli

Parents’ feedback regarding sleep and digestion issues, as well as emotional responses, helps in this process.

Specialist Evaluation and Diagnosis

If developmental concerns arise or the pediatrician suspects ASD, a referral to a team of specialists is made for further evaluation.

This multidisciplinary team generally includes a child psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, developmental pediatrician, and sometimes even a neurologist.

These professionals do a full evaluation of the child’s language skills, cognitive levels, and life skills. An official ASD diagnosis is based on the criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Advanced Tools and Early Intervention

At Whole Wellness Services, we utilize advanced tools like the Cognoa ASD Diagnosis Aid, a machine learning software that can help identify developmental issues in children aged 18 months to 5 years. We understand the importance of diagnosing early for a child’s unhindered growth.

Our comprehensive approach may also include genetic testing to rule out other conditions that might present similar symptoms. When autism is thought to be present, we work closely with pediatricians. An accurate diagnosis and basic, personalized support are provided to every child.

Located in Rochester, New York, WHOLE Wellness Services provides holistic care to individuals and families by integrating mental health counseling, functional medicine, yoga, reiki, and other wellness practices with an emphasis on the mind-body connection.


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