Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) is a multidisciplinary center including neuropsychology, developmental psychology, speech/language pathology, neurodevelopmental pediatrics and child psychiatry. Trainees include medical residents and fellows, postdoctoral neuropsychology fellows, and predoctoral psychology interns and externs. CASD provides multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment services for children and adolescents with atypical or complicated developmental disorders and their families.
The CASD clinic is designed to address the needs of all children with autism spectrum disorders, but specializes in three main areas:
- Diagnosis and neuropsychological evaluation of children with primary deficits in social cognition, communication, and executive functioning, such as children with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome
- Early diagnosis of children at all levels of functioning
- Evidence-based treatments
Directed by a pediatric neuropsychologist, the Center is staffed by a developmental psychologist, four neuropsychologists, two child psychiatrists, two clinical psychologists, and two speech and language pathologists.
Two general neuropsychology and two autism fellows also participate in the clinic. Services from other disciplines are integrated as needed, including genetics and neurology.
About Children's National
Children’s National Health System is consistently listed as one of America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S.News & World Report. Children’s National has provided children and their families with high quality clinical services for more than 140 years, while maintaining an institutional commitment to research initiatives geared toward improving the delivery and effectiveness of pediatric treatment approaches.
The Children’s Research Institute (CRI) at Children’s National advances research and education to improve child health and well-being. The research at Children’s National has become a focal point for multi-institutional projects in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and nationally.
CASD’s research projects are a part of the Center for Neuroscience Research, which aims to understand the central nervous system and the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain dysfunction in order to prevent or treat neurological and behavioral disorders of childhood.