Early Childhood Autism Assessments (18-36 months)
Children under the age of 36 months have an initial medical assessment by a developmental pediatrician. After the assessment, they are referred to a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation. This includes a cognitive evaluation and a specific behavioral assessment that can confirm a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder.
Preschool and Early School-Age Autism Assessments (3-7 years)
Children between the ages of three and seven years initially have a medical assessment by a pediatric nurse practitioner or developmental pediatrician. After the assessment, they will be referred to a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation. This will include a cognitive evaluation as well as a specific behavioral assessment that can confirm a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder.
Jennie Bowers, R.N., M.S.N., CPNP
Shai Bynum, R.N., M.S.N., CPNP
Timothy Cooper, Psy.D.
Rachel Hundley, Ph.D.
Allie Hush, R.N., M.S.N., CPNP
Cassandra Newsom, Psy.D.
Older School-Age and Adolescent Autism Assessments (7–18 years)
Children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 18 years will be initially referred for a comprehensive evaluation with a psychologist. The psychologist will conduct a cognitive evaluation as well as a specific behavioral assessment for autism spectrum disorders. A referral to a developmental pediatrician may be made if there is a need for a medical assessment.
TRIAD (The Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders)
TRIAD programs address community needs for cutting-edge information, high-quality support, and innovative interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS ATN) — an elite designation in the field of autism treatment and research. The AS ATN is a network of 14 centers across North America dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism by offering comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, care, and counseling.
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has many autism resources available. Visit their website for a complete listing.
Vanderbilt Autism Resource Line
Families can receive assistance in accessing services most appropriate to their child's needs.
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