Diagnostic Evaluations Explainations

There are several ways a child may be diagnosed with Autism. A multidisciplinary team, a single physician, a licensed psychologist or a Nurse Practitioner whose specialty is Autism may evaluate a child.

What is a Multidisciplinary Evaluation? People from various backgrounds evaluate the child:  This could be any combination of Physician, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Physical Therapist.

What is a Developmental Pediatricians?  Has completed 4 years of medical school, 3 years in residency or internship in pediatrics, and has completed an additional 3 year fellowship specializing in developmental and behavioral issues.

What is a Neurologist? Has completed 4 years of medical school, a one-year internship in internal medicine or in medicine/surgery, and 3 years of specialty training in a neurology residency program.

What is a Psychiatrist? Has completed 4 years of medical school, 3 years of residency in medicine, neurology, and general psychiatry with adults, and 2 years of training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families in an accredited residency in child and adolescent psychiatry.

What is a Licensed Psychologist? Has completed a doctoral (PhD level program) in psychology and has 2 years of supervised training in specialty area and has passed the New York State test for licensure.

In New York State, the following personnel can make a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Licensed Physician, Nurse Practitioner (if this is related to the NP’s specialty and competency), Licensed Psychologist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  It is always a good idea to consult with your child’s primary physician regarding any concerns you have with your child’s development.

The following list is not meant to be an inclusive list, but rather a list of those agencies and doctor’s who have stated that their specialty is Autism Spectrum Disorders.