Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD): Clinical services

The multidisciplinary staff evaluates and treats children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including full autistic disorder (autism), Asperger syndrome and other social development disorders.

The evaluation process may include a series of assessments to accurately diagnose an Autism Spectrum Disorder. These evaluations are determined patient-by-patient but may include:

Multidisciplinary Evaluation

Our multidisciplinary evaluation encompasses many other evaluations for children and families with complex needs. Our diagnostic services incorporate state-of-the-art, scientifically validated assessment instruments.

Our multidisciplinary evaluation draws on the skills of the entire team and includes the following:

  • Review of medical and developmental histories
  • Complete neuropsychological or developmental evaluation of cognitive, social, and adaptive functioning
  • Comprehensive speech/language assessment of verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Standardized diagnostic play/interview session

Based on our findings, team members meet with the child’s parents (or guardian) to discuss diagnosis, prognosis and recommendations for school placement, behavioral intervention and adjunct services.

In addition to a meeting with parents, we provide a written report with recommendations for academic and therapeutic interventions. Based on parental preference, we can consult with the child’s school by attending school meetings and assisting with the development and implementation of educational plans.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

This service is available as a part of the Multidisciplinary Evaluations or as a stand-alone evaluation. We assess children, ages 4-18, who are high-functioning and have developmental disorders.

A neurophyschological evaluation determines:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Language
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Attention
  • Executive function
  • Memory
  • Social problem solving
  • Fine motor abilities

Based on the resulting profile of the child’s strengths and weaknesses, we provide a written report with recommendations for academic and therapeutic interventions. Based on parental preference, we can consult with the child’s school by attending school meetings and assisting with the development and implementation of educational plans.

Developmental Evaluation

This service is available as a part of the Multidisciplinary Evaluations or as a stand-alone evaluation. We assess children, younger than 5 years old, with normal cognitive development but who may be experiencing developmental delays. We also assess children younger than 7 years old who are suspected of having cognitive impairments.

A developmental evaluation determines:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Language
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Fine motor abilities
  • Daily living skills
  • General development.

Based on the resulting profile of the child’s strengths and weaknesses, we provide a written report with recommendations for academic and therapeutic interventions. Based on parental preference, we can consult with the child’s school by attending school meetings and assisting with the development and implementation of educational plans.

Speech and Language Evaluation

This service is available as a part of the Multidisciplinary Evaluations or as a stand-alone evaluation. We assess children, ages birth to 18 to determine their speech and language abilities.

A Speech/Language Evaluation determines:

  • Development of the mechanics of speech (e.g., articulation)
  • Perception of language (e.g., phonological processing)
  • Comprehension of language
  • Expressive language
  • Higher order language functioning
  • Social use of language (e.g., pragmatics)

Based on the resulting profile of the child’s strengths and weaknesses, we provide a written report with recommendations for academic and therapeutic interventions. Based on parental preference, we can consult with the child’s school by attending school meetings and assisting with the development and implementation of educational plans.

Social Skills Training Groups

We offer training groups for children who have been diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger Syndrome or a social learning disorder.

The topics covered in each group are designed to meet the specific needs of the group's participants

  • Identifying and responding to emotional states
  • Handling teasing and bullying
  • Developing strategies for making and maintaining friendships
  • Developing appropriate nonverbal communication

The format of these groups includes both direct instruction and role-playing activities, which allow children to develop and practice skills in a controlled setting. Parents are provided with a curriculum and appropriate materials in order to help their child continue practicing in the home and/or school settings.

Psychiatric Services

We offer patients psychiatric evaluation and consultation in order to assist in the identification of conditions that may compound developmental delays. We can develop a complete treatment plan that may include the use of medications and psychological counseling. Our team’s child and adolescent psychiatrist provides ongoing monitoring of medications in conjunction with psychological counseling, if needed.

Additional Consultation and Support Services

In addition to the services outlined here, we also offer consulting and support for patients, siblings and whole families whose lives may be disrupted by the challenges of raising a child with developmental delays and/or autism spectrum disorders.

We offer as part of our comprehensive services or stand-alone services the following:

  • Individual therapy (talk therapy)
  • Family therapy (talk therapy)
  • Behavior management consultation for children and their parents
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychopharmacological management (medications)
  • School consultation
  • Educational advocacy