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.
Niru Madduri, M.D.
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 is one of fourteen sites participating in the ATN. The ATN consists of a clinical model in which a medical provider serves as a Lead Autism Specialist, to address medical difficulties that are common in children with autism. There is a subspecialist medical team as well, including specialists in sleep disorders, gastrointestinal difficulties, and neurological disorders. Psychologists provide additional behavioral and cognitive follow up.
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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