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Diagnostic Evaluation

Illinois Valley Autism Center does not diagnosis.  We treat.

Although we can provide ABA to children without a diagnosis of autism it is likely for insurance to cover ABA you will need a diagnosis. 

If you have concerns about your child's development we encourage you to speak to your child's pediatrician.  They may wish to do a Developmental Screening which is a short test to tell if children are learning basic skills when they should or if they may have delays.  During this screening physicians may ask the parent some questions or talk and play with the child to see how the child learns, speaks, behaves and moves.  According to Center for Disease control a child should be specifically screened for ASDs at the 18 months and 24 months well child visit.  Additional screening may be needed if a child is at high risk for ASDs (e.g having a sibling or other family member with ASD) or if behaviors sometimes associated with ASD are present.  For early warning videos please go to CDC's website:

http://www.cdc.gov/NCBDDD/video/actearlycurriculum/feature.html#earlywarning 
and other video that may be useful:   

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/video/actearlycurriculum/index.html

Health Care Professionals...CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early.

CDC's Autism Case Training (ACT):  A Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum is designed to educate future healthcare providers on fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing and managing autism spectrum disorders through real life scenarios.  Please see their website at:   http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/ACT/class.html