Autism Spectrum Center

At Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, we know that children who receive accurate diagnosis as early as possible are more likely to make the most developmental progress. MWPH's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services include testing and treatment for children approximately two years old through adolescence. Most children will receive same-day diagnostic testing and results because research shows the sooner children with ASD are diagnosed and treated, the better their outcomes. That is why we strive to provide diagnostic and intervention services to children without lengthy wait times, so that families can receive clarification about their concerns and children can begin to make gains sooner.

Our team approach: Each child’s team includes a licensed psychologist and if warranted, a speech/language pathologist. Additionally, referrals to speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, feeding therapy, developmental pediatrics, and psychiatry at MWPH may be made based on clinical need.

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Services Include:

Initial Consultations: Diagnostic interviews with children and their families to determine the appropriate clinical services.

Diagnostic Evaluations: Comprehensive evaluations including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule -2 (ADOS-2) to determine an ASD diagnosis, identify strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations for home and school settings.

Social Skills Groups: Group sessions for preschoolers, school age children, and adolescents who have difficulties demonstrating age appropriate social skills. Sessions include parent feedback so that the skills learned in session can be generalized to other settings. Social skills groups generally are held in the late afternoon/early evening, for 10 week sessions.

Individual and Family Treatment: Behavior management, cognitive behavior therapy and parent training for children, adolescents, and their families affected by ASD. Support is also provided to adolescents on the autism spectrum who are transitioning to young adulthood. 

Early Intervention Group - "Building Blocks": Group sessions designed for children between the ages 2 and 4 that exhibit delays in language and social skills.  The program is designed to increase communication, social, and school readiness skills.  It also provides caregivers with training on how to use techniques and strategies at home to help generalize skills across settings.

To schedule an initial appointment, please call our intake line at 410-367-2222