Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The diagnosis of ASD is done by observation of behavioral symptoms and comparison to typical childhood development,

Only Rett's Syndrome has a biological test to determine a diagnosis.

Receiving a diagnosis is typically a two-part process:

1) Parents notice unusual behaviors and discuss them with their pediatrician or primary care physician; lack of development is noted during well baby check-ups.

2) Child is referred to a diagnostic professional for evaluation and clinical diagnosis.

Where to obtain a diagnosis to rule in or out ASD?

1) Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health
Pediatric developmental behavioral health deals with the developmental difficulties of children and their families. A pediatric developmental-behavioral health specialist is a pediatrician who uses education, clinical care, and advocacy to prevent and manage problem behavior in children and their family environment. This physician also does research on child growth, development and behavior. Please contact research medical centers such as Hershey Medical Center or Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

2) Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Pediatric Neuropsychologists often work with children & adolescents who could benefit from further investigation and intervention toward their ability to function successfully at home and in school. They determine levels of cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning by using a variety of tests. They also gather information from parents, family members, teachers, & counselors. Pediatric Neuropsychologists help families understand & cope with the behavior of their child.

Center for Neurobehavioral Health in Lancaster, PA (717) 392-6061

3) The following agencies have psychiatrists and diagnostic services:

Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities 735-1920
1866 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Early Intervention (MH/MR/EI) 393-04211120 Frances Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601*Birth to age 3 Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit #13 Early Intervention Referral # 606-16011020 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601*Age 3 to school age TW Ponessa and Associates Counseling Services: 560-7917 2141 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601Dr. Maria Reis
Lancaster General Psychiatric Associates: 560-3782 794 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601 Dr. Sherief El-Mallah
Pressley Ridge: 397-5241 or 800-723-7005 to schedule an appointment Offices at: 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601 516 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602610 Walnut St., Columbia, PA 17512 Dr. Victor Santiago-Noa (bi-lingual in Spanish & English)
MAPS (MAPS Behavioral Health Services) 390-0353 or 390-0808 790 New Holland Pk, Lancaster, PA 17601
Team Care: 391-0172 1808 Colonial Village Lane Suite 103, Lancaster, PA 17601 Dr. Anoop Karript or Dr. Matthew Biever
Philhaven Ephrata Office: 738-1125. Located at 194 N. Reading Rd. and at 354 N. Reading Rd. Main campus at Mt. Gretna: 299-1804. Located at 283 S. Butler Rd., Mt. Gretna, PA
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute at Hershey Medical Ctr. 531-8338 Northeast Drive Clinic. Located at 22 North East Dr., Hershey, PA 17033
Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services (PCBH) 560-2372 32 D-E E. Roseville Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601
Dr. Valentins Krecko, Psychiatrist
Dr. Stephanie Binter, Psy D. (licensed psychologist)

Co-Morbid Diagnoses are diagnoses that can occur simultaneously in one individual. Diagnoses and conditions that are commonly seen along with Autism include:

*Depression & Anxiety (Individuals with Asperger's often have these two)
*Bipolar Disorder
*Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
*Mental Retardation or Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
*Sensory Problems
*Non-verbal Learning Disorders
*Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
*Toureette Syndrome
*Motor Clumsiness
*Turberous Sclerosis
*Bowel Disease
*Fragile X Syndrome
*Neuro-inflammation & Immune Disorder