ArticleIs my child autistic? Helping parents understand a difficult diagnosisLeach, Ashley MPAS, PA-C; Collins, Miranda MPAS, PA-C Author Information Ashley Leach practices at Dermatology of Southeastern Ohio, in Zanesville, Ohio. Miranda Collins is clinical coordinator in the PA program, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article. JAAPA: January 2009 - Volume 22 - Issue 1 - p 40-43 Buy Abstract Recognition of the language, social, and behavioral deficits that indicate autism in a child is key to making this diagnosis. Early intervention can lead to a good outcome. © 2009 American Academy of Physician Assistants.