- Observes Natalie and asks about her social skills, language skills and behavior and how she has developed and changed over time
- Gives Natalie developmental tests covering speech, language, developmental level, and social and behavioral issues
- Present structured social and communication interactions to Natalie and scores the performance
The MRI is used to gather more data and detail. It will help Natalie's doctors, therapists and educators in order for them to target what therapies and way of learning will benefit her the most in order to guarantee more success.
Using brain imaging, the researchers found that a specific network within the brain associated with social communication and self-regulation has a unique organization in autistic children.
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- If a genetic cause for your child’s ASD is identified, it might lead to changes in his/her medical management.
- There might be recommendations for evaluation, testing or treatment that are specific to the genetic diagnosis, which you would only know about if your child were to have genetic testing.
- Because genetic conditions are often (though not always) inherited, the diagnosis might have implications for other family members, who might also need to pursue specific medical follow-up.
- Having a genetic diagnosis might give you more information about what to expect in terms of your child’s medical and developmental future.
- Having a genetic diagnosis might make it easier for you to connect with other parents or families of children with the same diagnosis. This type of support can be very valuable to families.