If you suspect that your child may have autism, you should talk with your child's pediatrician. Depending on your insurance coverage, a referral may be necessary to start the process of determining whether or not your child has an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. In order to conduct a full comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, the Achievement Center performs an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), followed by a psychological evaluation. Then, the evaluator will offer a diagnosis if it is warranted.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development offers the following information as signs that a referral to a specialist is recommended.