Providing a Complete Range of Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
One in 54 children in the U.S. is affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a group of neurologically based, lifelong developmental disabilities that impact how people communicate, relate to others, and experience the world around them. If your child has an ASD diagnosis, you suspect that your child has an autism spectrum disorder, or your child’s pediatrician or teacher has raised concerns, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology is here to help.
Children with ASD typically have delays in social skills, speech and nonverbal communication, and may have repetitive or ritualized behaviors that interfere with daily life. Many children with ASD also have deficits in fine motor skills and emotional regulation, and may have sensory sensitivities. ASD is a chronic condition and children will require specialized care and services throughout their lives. The good news is that with intensive behavioral therapy, children can reduce their symptoms and make significant strides in development, behavior, life skills, and social functioning. Because children can fall anywhere on a wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Finding the right medical and behavioral partners on this life-long journey is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes for youth with autism spectrum disorder.
Autism Diagnosis and Care
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology provides leading-edge clinical care for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Experts in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, pediatric psychology and neuropsychology partner to provide a truly multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and care, while Rainbow’s Autism Patient Navigator program provides support to families at every step of the process. Services include:
- A comprehensive diagnostic clinic
- Consultation with families following an ASD diagnosis to discuss options and plan care paths
- Assistance in accessing the behavioral therapies that offer the best outcomes
- Integration of educational and support services for caregivers and for siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder
- Assistance in the transition to adulthood for teens with ASD
Autism spectrum disorder can be diagnosed as early as age 1 and the average age at diagnosis is 4 years. However, a significant number of children are not tested or diagnosed until starting school.
To schedule a new patient developmental assessment, call 216-844-7700.