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The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) strives to be a national leader in improving the educational and health outcomes by identifying, and ultimately employing, the most effective evidence-based practices.

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Children's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) provides evaluation and treatment services for children with atypical or complicated developmental disorders. The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders has four key areas.

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CASD Chat emails offer announcements of events and opportunities through CASD and the local community. We also provide information-based CASD Chat emails with tips and snippets that might be helpful in your day to day life with, or as, an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. In addition, we'll highlight new and interesting science being published in the world of autism research.

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CASD Key Areas

1. Clinical services

The multidisciplinary staff specializes in evaluation and treatment of children from infancy to young adulthood who may have autism, Asperger syndrome, or other disorders of social development.

2. Research

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders conducts a variety of research studies, investigating the genetic, neurocognitive, behavioral, and social factors associated with autism, and is always seeking participants. Learn more about our research projects. 

3. Professional training

Training in neuropsychology, psychology, and psychiatry is provided at the pre-doctoral externship, pre-doctoral internship, and postdoctoral fellowship levels.

4. Community education and advocacy

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders disseminates up-to-date information to families, patients, school personnel, physicians and other health providers, and community agency personnel through seminars, workshops, in-services, and consultations. Faculty also frequently offer talks and workshops. Previous and ongoing efforts include newsletters with research updates, faculty talks and workshops, community outreach lecture series, and a parent advisory committee. Check out the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Family Resources Notebook.

Diagnosis and Evaluation

Our program addresses the needs of all children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and specializes in the diagnosis and evaluation of children with primary deficits in the following:

  • Social cognition
  • Communication
  • Executive functioning, including
    • Planning/organization skills
    • Flexibility skills
    • Inhibition skills
    • Working memory skills
    • Self-monitoring skills

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Team

Children with ASD benefit from our multidisciplinary team that includes specialists in:

  • Developmental/clinical psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Developmental neuropsychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Speech and language pathology

Services from other Children’s divisions are integrated as needed, including:

  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Genetics
  • Neurology

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Children’s National sees children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.

Meet the Team

Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

Professional Training Opportunities

Children’s National values the network of referring physicians and staff and offers resources for medical education and referring patients to Children’s National. 

Related Care Services

Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.

Resources for Families

Children’s National offers resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.