Dr. Greenspan on Diagnosis

How can I tell if my child is on the autism spectrum? (audio clip)

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else, since you observe their behavior when they are at their very best, and know what they are capable of. "Trust your instincts," says Dr. Greenspan. After you’ve observed your child, approach professionals who are oriented toward your way of thinking about what your child needs.


Should parents wait to see if their child becomes autistic before intervening? (audio clip)

A child’s speed or level of development is not always easy to determine, but you don’t necessarily need to pinpoint it to improve it. Turn the observations that concern you into action.


My child’s pediatrician and I disagree over an autism diagnosis, but I would like my child to receive services. What actions can I take? (audio clip)

Parents need to lead the way and educate themselves with regard to their children’s health and well-being. In pediatric trainings, there is little time given to developmental problems or autism spectrum disorders.