Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.
A high M-CHAT score followed by an ADOS-2 driven analysis by an experienced BCBA/ Pediatrician team at Action Behavior Centers can resolve the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and get ABA therapy started sooner for the child. Our perspective is that Neuro visits should not be canceled if they are appropriate, and they should be scheduled concurrently with a referral to Action Behavior Centers for a diagnostic assessment, diagnosis, and/ or ABA therapy.
Our Pediatrician consultant and BCBAs work collaboratively to look for signs of Rett, Williams, Tourette’s, Down syndrome, and Tuberous Sclerosis during our evaluation, and we maintain continuity of care with the referring pediatrician and neurologists, behavioral pediatricians, and geneticist. Our goal is to speed up a primary diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder if appropriate, support additional diagnosis as applicable, and offer no delay ABA therapy while neuroplasticity is high in toddlers and young children.