Autism Center

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts a child’s development in two core areas: the first is social communication and social interaction, and the second is repetitive behavior and restricted interests. Children and adolescents with ASD struggle with language, emotion regulation, academic functioning, relationships and independent living skills.  Children are born with ASD, but it may not be noticed until social demands begin to stress a child’s capabilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently estimate that 1 in 59 children have autism spectrum disorder.

The Child Mind Institute’s Autism Center specializes in diagnosing children, adolescents and young adults who struggle with this broad range of challenges.  For children with ASD and related disorders, we provide effective, evidence-based treatment in their homes, schools and in our office to ensure comprehensive support and care.

Conditions we treat include

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD)
  • Conditions once called Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)

We focus on identifying and understanding your child’s symptoms and unique challenges. We carefully consider which treatment options may be of the most help. Our services are indicated for children who struggle with:

  • Making friends and maintaining friendships
  • Understanding the perspective of someone else
  • Being flexible and open-minded
  • Managing big and complex emotions
  • Tolerating changes to preferred routines and preferences
  • Independently completing routines (morning and evening)

When medication may be helpful, we work with our team of board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists or collaborates with your physician. Our psychiatrists offer expert consultation on whether medication can improve treatment outcomes and provide ongoing medication management when requested.

Services we provide

Service Navigation

Children with autism spectrum disorders sometimes require support from a variety of professionals. We can help connect families to additional services in the community, including early intervention, vocational services, support groups, occupational therapy, or other providers. Our Service Navigator has specialized knowledge of the options and opportunities within the New York City metropolitan area.

Our Team

Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA

Senior Director, Autism Center

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Sarena Bernard

Case Manager, Autism Center

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Cynthia Martin, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Autism Center

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Michael P. Mullane, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Autism Center

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Bethany Vibert, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Autism Center

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Stephanie L. Webster, MS, BCBA, NYS LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Autism Center

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