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The diagnosis usually is made by specialists, and is based on:

  • Your child's developmental history over time

  • Observations of your child's behavior (alone and with others)

  • Results of tests that evaluate your child's:

    • language skills

    • motor coordination

    • hearing

    • vision

In some cases, tests will be ordered to check for other medical conditions that can look like autism.

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