Diagnosing Autism

This information is useful for children
A young boy in a blue shirt who may have autism stands outside with a serious look on his face.

It can be upsetting to hear that your child has autism, but the picture is far more hopeful than it used to be. This is especially true when autism is diagnosed early in childhood.

“With earlier intervention and good treatments—and we increasingly have good treatments—more and more children do pretty well,” says Fred R. Volkmar, MD, a Yale Medicine Child Study Center psychiatrist.

In fact, Yale Medicine Child Study Center is a global leader in the development of new and more effective ways to help children with autism. With more than 30 years of experience treating children with autism—long before it was widely understood—our team has expertise few other programs can match.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.