Autism Clinical Services
Our team provides autism assessments, diagnosis, and evaluations for children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years old.
Developmental Pediatrics Clinic (Ages Birth to 18 years)
A developmental pediatrician or nurse practitioner evaluates children who may have developmental delay, cognitive impairment, intellectual disability, or autism spectrum disorders. The visit includes a review of the developmental and medical history, a physical examination, developmental screening, medical evaluation, diagnostic testing (such as genetic testing), medical treatment, behavior intervention, and educational services. A follow up visit is often required.
Down Syndrome Clinic (Birth through adulthood)
Our team provides a full spectrum of care for children with Down syndrome, from first evaluation to follow-up services. Patients and families will see professionals from the following areas: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, nutrition, genetics, genetics counseling, general pediatrics, social work, psychology, and cardiology. Children can also receive evaluations for co-occurring conditions such as autism, depression, and anxiety.
Education and Behavior Clinic (Ages 3-22 years)
This clinic addresses learning and behavioral issues in children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, ADHD, Down syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. We work with families to provide an overview of diagnosis, behavior strategies, and educational suggestions. These visits are often held in conjunction with or following visits with psychologists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, or psychiatrists. The clinic is located on the 9th floor of Doctors' Office Tower within Children's Hospital.
Fragile X Clinic (Birth to adulthood)
Our team of specialists provides expert evaluation and treatment for children with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) or Fragile X permutation carriers. The clinic is part of the National Fragile X Foundation Clinics Consortium.
Parenting and Behavior Clinic (For families with children up to 8 years of age)
The P-ABC clinic offers parenting and behavior coaching. Parents and their child will see a psychologist and behavior specialist. Up to three goal-oriented follow-up appointments are available which can be in the clinic or in the community (home/school within 30 mile radius of Vanderbilt). Next step planning is available and may include referrals for developmental evaluations (psychological, language, etc.); referrals for Parent Child Interaction Therapy; and assistance with preschool/school placement. Insurance can be accessed for clinic visits, and a sliding scale fee will be assessed for outreach services. TennCare is accepted for all clinic visits. Please call (615) 936-0249 for more information.
School Difficulties Clinic (6 to 21 years old)
This clinic offers developmental assessment by a developmental pediatrician for developmental disorders negatively impacting the child as a student. Common disorders addressed in this clinic include dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, and problems with handwriting. Call (615) 936-0249 for more information.
STEP Clinic - Spasticity Treatment, Evaluation, and Planning (Ages 1-18 years)
This clinic addresses hypertonia (increased muscle tone) and significant motor delay in children. A medical history and physical examination, with an emphasis on movement, motor impairment, and muscle tone. Based on the child's specific needs, evaluations by a physical therapist, occupational therapist, neurology/neurosurgery nurse, and social worker may also be provided. Treatments include oral medication, Botox injections, specific therapy, and referral for surgery recommendations.
Tennessee Technical Assistance and Resources for Enhancing Deafblind Supports (TREDS)
TREDS is a federally funded program designed to equip families, educators, and other professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to improve outcomes for deafblind individuals from birth through age 21.
Family Education Workshops
Our family workshops provide education, resource identification, and networking opportunities to families with young children who have recently been diagnosed with a developmental disability. Call (615) 936-0249 for more information.
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