American Academy of Pediatrics: The pediatrician's role in the diagnosis and management of autistic spectrum disorder in children

Pediatrics. 2001 May;107(5):1221-6. doi: 10.1542/peds.107.5.1221.


Primary care physicians have the opportunity, especially within the context of the medical home, to be the first point of contact when parents have concerns about their child's development or behavior. The goal of this policy statement is to help the pediatrician recognize the early symptoms of autism and participate in its diagnosis and management. This statement and the accompanying technical report will serve to familiarize the pediatrician with currently accepted criteria defining the spectrum of autism, strategies used in making a diagnosis, and conventional and alternative interventions.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics
  • Physician's Role