The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 68, Issue 5, pp 439–449

Clinical considerations in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders

  • Gillian Baird
  • Tony Charman
  • Paramala Janardhanan Santosh
Symphosium on Neurodevelopmental Disordes-I

DOI: 10.1007/BF02723025

Cite this article as:
Baird, G., Charman, T. & Santosh, P.J. Indian J Pediatr (2001) 68: 439. doi:10.1007/BF02723025


The diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) is being made more frequently in children and at younger ages. This paper discusses various factors to be considered in the screening of autism, early features of presentation, relevant to assessment and diagnosis, subtypes or different syndromes ithin the spectrum of autistic conditions including Asperger syndrome, the differential diagnosis from learning and language disorders and the medical and behavioural commonly associated disorders.

Key words

Autistic spectrum disorders Asperger syndrome Intelligence quotient (IQ) 

Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gillian Baird
    • 1
  • Tony Charman
    • 2
  • Paramala Janardhanan Santosh
    • 3
  1. 1.Newcomen Centre GuysSt Thomas’ TrustLondon
  2. 2.Behavioural Sciences UnitInstitute of Child HealthLondon
  3. 3.Academic Department of Child & Adolescent PsychiatryInstitute of PsychiatryLondon

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