Research indicates that better outcomes are possible when early diagnosis occurs. If given an early diagnosis, families can acquire the necessary intervention services for their child. At first glance, some persons with autism may appear to have mental retardation, a behavior disorder, problems with hearing or even odd and eccentric behavior. However, it is important to distinguish autism from other conditions, since an accurate diagnosis and early identification can provide the basis for building an appropriate and effective educational and treatment program.
To learn more about the early signs of autism from First Signs, click here.
At the Center for Autism we conduct a comprehensive autism evaluation. Through observation of the individual’s behaviors and the collection of developmental, medical and psychiatric histories from the family, our trained professionals are able to determine an individual’s diagnosis. To learn more about our evaluation services, click here. To speak to someone or to schedule an evaluation, please contact the Intake Department at 215-220-2121.
Discovering that your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder can be an overwhelming experience. For some, the diagnosis may come as a complete surprise; others may have had suspicions and tried for months or years to get an accurate diagnosis. In either case, a diagnosis brings a multitude of questions about how to proceed.
Autism Speaks can provide you with a general overview of a variety of available treatment approaches. Click here to learn more. To read about the treatment programs offered at the Center for Autism, click here.