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This page is written from a parents perspective. It is not a self diagnosis lesson. Please do not diagnose your child as autistic from anything you read on this page, or any other page on the web for that matter. Seek professional advice. If you are not happy with it. Get a second opinion.

At the bottom of this page you will find a number of links to diagnosis tests that you can do yourself. Use them as a basis to assess your childs progress, print them off and keep dated copies. You could show them to your health visitor, but it is worth repeating , Do Not use them as a sole diagnosis tool. They are here solely for your guidence and information.

If you are worried about your child's health or development then like most people your first contact is your G.P. or Health Visitor. However it is rare for your GP to diagnose autism without referral or consultation with other professionals.

How do I know if my child is autistic ?

  • Insistence on sameness, resists change
  • Unresponsive to normal teaching methods
  • Severe language deficit
  • Sustained odd play
  • Difficulty in expression
  • Spins self, flaps hands, spins objects, watches objects move
  • Repeating of words and phrases - Echolalia
  • Inappropriate attachment to objects
  • Exhibits inappropriate emotions for no reason
  • Over sensitivity or under sensitivity to pain
  • Prefers to be alone
  • No fear of dangers
  • May not want to be cuddled
  • Noticeable over or under physical activity
  • Toe walking
  • Uneven gross/fine motor skills
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Appears to have hearing problems yet hearing tests in the normal range.

There are a large number of symptoms or traits for Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

This list is by no means comprehensive

If you have recognised any of the above it is best to record instances and speak to your health visitor or G.P about your concerns.

Ask them if they have carried out a CHAT test and if they haven`t could they do so. It only takes a few minutes.

What is the CHAT ?

CHAT stands for The CHecklist for Autism in Toddlers. It was developed by a team of researchers to help identify children who are at risk of developing Social-communication disorders. It is administered by a health visitor or GP at the 18 month check

This gives you the CHAT test in full along with how to score it. If you have any concerns about your child please seek medical advice. This is not for self diagnosis.
Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC). This is an evaluation test that can be done on-line that gives you immediate results to use as a base for diagnosis/development.
Great site with lots of diagnosis Infomation


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