Today’s autism vocabulary word is clinician. I was not familiar with this word until we started the autism evaluation process. Our son was evaluated by a group of clinicians. What is a clinician, you say? Well, apparently a doctor is a clinician but a clinician is not always a doctor. Still confused? Me too. Basically what I can extrapolate from multiple definitions is that a clinician is a person who does business in a clinic versus a research facility. For example, I teach cheerleading and dance classes. Were I to hold one of these classes in a clinic, I must therefore then be a dance and cheer clinician, right? I have searched high and low for a medical doctor to evaluate my son so we can get a second opinion on his diagnosis. I can’t find one. The closest I have come in the University of Minnesota Autism clinic has a pediatric neurologist on staff. I desperately wanted this person to see my son for an evaluation. However, I am told that usually the neurologist only gets involved when a child requires medication. The only person I can find which would seem to be the most qualified to diagnose autism is a neuropsychologist. Our son was evaluated by a psychologist, not a neuropsychologist. Another confusing question, what is a psychologist versus a neuropsychologist? Well, it seems that a ‘clinical’ psychologist is someone that can assess, diagnose and treat psychological and mental health problems. Whereas a neuropsychologist can assess, diagnose and treat psychological disorders associated with brain-based conditions. Autism clearly falls under the latter. After calling multiple autism specialty practices, I have found that almost all of them use a psychologist instead of a neuropsychologist to diagnose autism. For me, that is a problem. Right now, believing in autism is comparable to believing in Jesus and God. I believe in Jesus and God because at a minimum there were eye witness accounts. No one has ever seen autism.