Looking for answers about your child's health?

Genetic testing may be able to help

Genetic testing for children with developmental delay and autism helps parents care for their child

Are you seeking more answers regarding your child's development? Developmental delay means that a child is missing his or her developmental milestones. For instance, not sitting, walking, or talking by the time their same-aged peers are. Remember, each child will develop at his/her own pace, but it may be best to act as soon as a pattern is noticed.

If developmental delay is detected early, many times it can be successfully treated. Genetic testing can help parents pinpoint the cause of their child's autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay and guide the child's treatment. 

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Children as young as the first year of life can be evaluated for developmental delay

How can testing help my child?

Without genetic testing, it may be difficult for parents to know the true cause of your child's autism and developmental delay and get the most comprehensive medical management.

A genetic diagnosis will also help parents understand:

  • bullet Recurrence risk - the chance that another family member could have the condition
  • bullet Co-morbidity - Seemingly unrelated conditions, like heart disease or seizures, often found to co-occur with your child’s delay
  • bullet Prognosis - How the condition is expected to progress
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What test is right for my child?

Terms like "developmental delay" or "autism spectrum disorder" are broad descriptions of clinical features, but they don’t tell us the cause of those clinical features, which can make them challenging to treat.

Genetic testing can often help parents and providers identify the genetic abnormality underlying the developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder.

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Where do I begin?

If parents are concerned about their child's development, it is important to speak to trusted healthcare providers to create a specific diagnostic and treatment plan. Importantly, a genetic test can help determine whether there is an underlying genetic condition and provide specific information that may guide those diagnostic and treatment plans.

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Does insurance cover testing?

Insurance often does cover testing, but it may require a lengthy appeals process that can last months or even a year or more. Lineagen's patient advocate team handles the entire insurance process so families and providers don’t have to.

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Developmental delay is a term that describes a child who is behind in his or her milestones. Those milestones can be physical in nature or they might be cognitive, or learning-based.
Rena Vanzo
MS, LCGC Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor,
Vice President, Clinical Services, Lineagen, Inc.
It's very important to pinpoint the cause of someone's developmental delay or autism spectrum disorder to provide them the best personalized therapy and developmental care.
Rena Vanzo
MS, LCGC Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor,
Vice President, Clinical Services, Lineagen, Inc.
A genetic test can pinpoint the genetic cause of your child’s delays, help identify the most effective treatment and give you and your family a more clear understanding about what to expect regarding your child’s development.
Rena Vanzo
MS, LCGC Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor,
Vice President, Clinical Services, Lineagen, Inc.
If a parent thinks his/her child has delayed development, he/she should act immediately and see a trusted healthcare provider who is familiar with that child and share the specific concerns.
Rena Vanzo
MS, LCGC Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor,
Vice President, Clinical Services, Lineagen, Inc.
From the pre-authorization request through the appeals process your Lineagen insurance specialist will be working for you to make the insurance process quick and easy
Rena Vanzo
MS, LCGC Licensed & Certified Genetic Counselor,
Vice President, Clinical Services, Lineagen, Inc.