Human beings fall along a spectrum of neurodiversity, and for that reason, many experts no longer consider autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the developmental tragedy depicted in '90s television and Lifetime movies. In fact, falling somewhere along that spectrum can be a pretty amazing sign of individuality and difference. That said, children with ASD often face unique challenges, and they can truly benefit from diagnosis and targeted support in early childhood. How are children tested for autism? The "gold standard" assessment is rigorous, involved, and, when performed by an experienced professional, a helpful tool for self-understanding.
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