By Laura Heuer
Answers by Nannette Ohman, Executive Director
Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Inc.
First can you tell me how long it usually take to get an Autism diagnosis and the approximate age?
It usually takes 6 to eight months to get an appointment with a doctor that can diagnose autism.-Typically between 2 and 4 years of age.
Are there any tell tale signs of Autism?
Yes, No eye contact-appearing to be deaf, no language or loss of language- repetitive play- social ineptness.
What are some steps a parent can take to help the process in getting an accurate diagnosis?
Making sure that they get a team evaluation/diagnosis is critical-making sure the doctor is reputable.
What are some of the best tips you feel will help a family once a family member has been diagnosed?
Get on with good services- do not get hung up on the labels. Call it whatever you want but make sure your getting appropriate services in the home and at school. Early Intervention is key.
How do you feel is the best way to get your family and friends to understand this diagnosis?
There are several different ways- videos, books, support groups and talking to them. It depends on whom you are telling and how well you tell.For more information go to http://www.autismalliance.org http://www.autismalliance.org
This is for local Metro West families –in MA Call us at (508) 652-9900.
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