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Diagnosing autism can be difficult since there is no medical test. Doctors and psychologists look at the child or adult's behavior and development to determine what they think is wrong with the child.The way in which an individual is diagnosed varies just as symptoms do. According to the Centers of Disease Control, autism can be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. If a parent suspects their child is not developing appropriately for his or her age, please advise him or her to see a doctor who specializes in autism as soon as possible. Please read the information on Signs and Symptoms to understand warning signs for diagnosing autism.