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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

Some signs...

It is important to note that children without ASD may have some of these symptoms however for children with ASD the impairments can make life very challenging.

Early intervention is critical!

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and -forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • Not responding to their name by 12 months
  • No back and forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Lines up toys or other objects
  • Plays with toys the same way every time
  • Very organized
  • Gets upset by minor changes
  • Has obsessive interests
  • Has to follow certain routines
  • Only interacts to achieve a desired goal
  • Repeating words or phrases over and over
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
  • Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look or feel
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age