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What are the benefits of having a diagnosis?

Families who have experienced this describe a number of benefits:

  1. Understanding why a child behaves the way he or she does (e.g., that this is a neurological condition, not simply misbehavior)
  2. Helping others understand why the child behaves a certain way
  3. Allows the child to receive the right services and interventions that
    • encourage the child’s development
    • promote educational achievement
    • support peer relationships
    • manage problem behaviors
    • address associated problems (e.g., dietary needs, sleep problems)
  4. Promotes access to funding for services (e.g., through First Steps)
  5. Access to family-to-family support services and a chance to talk with other families affected by autism
  6. May allow opportunities for families to participate in research that will advance the field



Janet Farmer, PhD, ABPP, Director of Academic Programs - Thompson Center, Professor - Department of Health Psychology, School of Health Professions, University of Missouri






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