Having a proper diagnosis of Autism when there are symptoms present is crucial in the treatment process. It is important to get the proper diagnosis from a medical professional.
Some parents may feel that giving a child the label of autistic could cause problems in their development and treatment by others in school, and that a diagnosis would not benefit the child. A parent may feel their child is doing well despite minor problems and a diagnosis is not needed. This is not always the best choice.
A child properly diagnosed as autistic can receive the services of local government agencies – NOT having the official diagnosis would cause problems qualifying for these services when the child reaches the age of 18.
A proper diagnosis is not a quick process. Trained medical doctors must make behavioral observations over a period of several months or more before giving the diagnosis of Autism.
Early intervention when a diagnosis is made can help a child with treatment, improvement, or even recovery – something that would not be possible without the proper diagnosis of Autism.