I don't have a child with autism, but I saw a special on tv about it. The Dr. showed the first thing they do to test for autism... Let them play normally, then come in to the room behind them and call their name. If they don't respond to their name, it is a sign of autism. Of course this is not conclusive, just a first test. You have to rule out hearing problems, the chance that the child may be busy and ignoring you etc. It is best to have more than one person do this to make sure they are not responding to anyone. Won't give you a diagnosis, but may put your mind at ease.
at 11:58 AM on Feb. 17, 2009