Diagnosing Autism

This information is useful for children
autism
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We are a global leader in the development of new, better ways to help children with autism.
  • Our clinicians are trained specifically to work with children and families with autism.
  • Our Developmental Disabilities Clinic concentrates on autism research and treatment.

It can be upsetting to hear that your child has autism, but the picture is far more hopeful than it used to be. This is especially true when autism is diagnosed early in childhood.

“With earlier intervention and good treatments—and we increasingly have good treatments—more and more children do pretty well,” says Fred R. Volkmar, MD, a Yale Medicine Child Study Center psychiatrist and a professor at Yale School of Medicine.

In fact, Yale Medicine Child Study Center is a global leader in the development of new and more effective ways to help children with autism. With more than 30 years of experience treating children with autism—long before it was widely understood—our team has expertise few other programs can match.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that interferes with a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others, and also affects learning and behavior. 

Though scientists don’t fully understand what causes autism and related conditions (known as autism spectrum disorders, or ASD), we do know that genetic and environmental factors play a role. With rates soaring, autism has become a major health priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism now affects one in every 68 children born in the United States.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.