8 Questions to Ask About An Autism Diagnosis

iStock 000017265548XSmall 300x199 8 Questions to Ask About An Autism Diagnosis PhotoAutism is a disorder that affects the brain’s development of social and communication skills and encompasses a group of disorders called autism spectrum disorders. It is estimated that six out of every 1,000 children in the United States may have an autism spectrum disorder, with approximately four times as many boys affected as girls.

If your child has been diagnosed with autism, you probably have some questions. These questions can give you a starting point to  figure out what you should ask. Look it over before your next appointment, or print out this full list to bring with you.

  • What causes autism spectrum disorders?
  • How are autism spectrum disorders diagnosed?
  • Are there specific tests for autism spectrum disorders?
  • Does having an autism spectrum disorder put my child at risk for other health problems?
  • How are autism spectrum disorders treated?
  • How often will my child need to attend therapy sessions?
  • Will insurance pay for all my child’s therapy and visits to specialists?
  • Will my child need to take medication? If so, for how long?

During Autism Awareness Month, learn more about autism spectrum disorders, review resources, and learn how to best prepare for a visit with your child’s doctor.