People write to me and ask me this question. But I am not a medical expert.  The only person who can diagnose autism is a doctor, likely a developmental pediatrician.  However, there are resources online you can use to help you decide whether or not to consult your doctor.  Here are some:

These were designed by the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge.

1.  An online screening for toddlers via Healthism.

http://www.healthism.com/inventories/autism-symptom-screening

2.  An online screening for primary school aged children.

http://www.healthism.com/inventories/childhood-autism-syndrome-test-cast

3.  An online screening for teenagers.  This is for use in kids aged 12-15.

http://www.healthism.com/inventories/autism-in-teens-symptoms-test

4.  First Signs – This site is great for parents of very young children and contains the M-CHAT, a quick screening you can take to your doctor.

5.  So You’re Wondering If Your Child Might Be Autistic – my own post regarding warning signs of autism in young children.

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