The evaluation of a child with autism begins with a medical history and physical examination.
The diagnosis is made when other conditions have been excluded and psychological testing suggests the diagnosis of autism. There are no laboratory tests that confirm the diagnosis of autism.
Tests that may be used to evaluate autism include:
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