Autism Spectrum Disorders Services
Children’s offers a range of services to children who present with autistic traits from infancy through early adulthood. Children’s works closely with families, schools, and the community to best support families navigate the complexities of this diagnosis.
The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Program at Children’ is based in the Division of Neurology, and is one of only 12 in the country. In this division, children are provided extensive neurological and multi-disciplinary evaluations for not only the possible cause of the autistic diagnosis, but also any other associated conditions. Neurologic evaluations often include blood work for genetic and neurologic causes; EEGs, auditory and visual evoked assessments as needed; and imaging such as MRIs when indicated by the physical exam. In addition to neurologic evaluations, additional psychomentric testing, occupational testing, speech and hearing evaluations, and physical assessments are also available as needed. Medication is provided as needed and requested. Finally, nationally-based research is available for qualified children, in which national consortiums seek to find ways to understand causes of autism. The Division of Neurology of which NDD is a part accepts all insurance, Medicaid, and CHIPs.
Another program offered at Children’s is The Crystal Charity Ball Autism Project, which connects families and professionals to a range of services for children who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or who may be showing signs of ASD. Multidisciplinary evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, ABA therapy, social skills groups, individual therapy, medication management, parent support groups, music groups, a resource library and a family care coordinator are some of the resources available.
Children’s also provides school consultation and educational programming through the School Services department.
To learn more about the service-specific autism programs at Children's, click on the titles below: