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Autism Clinic for Children Younger than 3


Families come to see us when they or their doctors are concerned about a child’s development or behavior. There can be many reasons for these concerns including

  • Delays in developments such as talking, walking, and learning.
  • Delays in a specific development, such as speech.
  • A medical condition that hinders development.

These concerns may be a sign of a diagnosis such as an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We work with children and caregivers to see if these concerns are present. If they are, we give families a plan of action for moving forward.

Our clinic consists of a collaboration of medical providers consisting of psychologists, psychological examiners, and physicians. During your visit, you will meet with a member of our developmental and behavioral pediatrics team in an initial consultative appointment. The providers will review history and concerns, and provide recommendations about next steps. In some cases, additional testing may be performed. You will remain with your child the whole time.

Our team

How to prepare for your visit

Have your child eat breakfast or lunch before you arrive. Bring snacks, diapers and wipes (if needed), and your completed Parent Paperwork packet.

If possible, please leave other children with another caregiver. You can also bring someone to watch them in the waiting room. Because our tests use many toys, it can be hard for siblings to watch without participating during the visit.

What to do while waiting for your visit

These programs can speak with you about your child and services that they offer before you see us. You can call them while you wait.

  • If your child is under 34 months, contact the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS), 800-852-7157.
  • If your child is 34 months or older, contact your county school system. Ask to have your child tested for preschool special education.
  • The Regional Intervention Program offers parents help with children’s challenging behavior.
  • For help with finding therapists, such as speech therapists, call your pediatrician and insurance company.

If you need help getting started with any of the above, contact the Vanderbilt Autism Resource Line: (877) 273-8862 or

Phone: (615) 936-0249
Fax: (615) 936-0256
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Last Edited: August 22, 2017
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