Physical Examination for Autism
During the physical examination, the health professional looks for specific signs of Reference autism Opens New Window. A child suspected of having autism will have assessments, including:
- Weight and height measurements, to determine whether he or she has a normal growth pattern.
- Head circumference measurements, to determine whether head size is normal. Some children with autism have a larger- or smaller-than-average head.
- Examination of the face, arms, and legs, to look for any birth defects.
- Routine tests to ensure that developmental delays aren't caused by hearing loss and/or vision problems.
- Evaluation for self-inflicted injuries. Sometimes injurious behaviors such as face slapping or head banging are caused by an underlying infection or injury.
- Reflex testing. Children with autism often have undeveloped reflexes.
- Exercises to determine hand dominance. Some autistic children have a delayed development of right- or left-handedness.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 3, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry