Autism Spectrum Disorder Service

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a diagnostic category used to describe children who show impairments in social interaction and communication, as well as repetitive types of thinking and behavior. Children with autism spectrum disorder may vary greatly in their presentation, from those who have not developed language and interact with others minimally to those who are highly adept with language, yet struggle to effectively socialize and communicate with others. At all levels, autism can severely undermine the child’s ability to develop relationships, to share interests with others, to communicate with others in a mutually rewarding fashion and to function effectively in school and other settings. All of this can place a great burden on children and their families.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Service offers evaluation and treatment for children with ASD and their families.

Diagnostic Evaluation

Our team can provide a comprehensive evaluation that aims to clarify your child’s diagnostic picture. First, a member of our team will meet with you and your child to thoroughly review his history and development, as well as the current symptom profile. This is accomplished through a detailed diagnostic interview that covers various areas of development and potential areas of concern when it comes to a child’s mental health in general.

Our clinicians are trained to administer the gold standard of diagnostic tools, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). These are semi-structured sets of questions and activities designed to assess various aspects of social interaction, communication skills and behavior.

It is often necessary to also evaluate a child’s cognitive development, fundamental language skills, motor skills, memory, academic skills and attention functioning. In some cases, a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation may also be needed.

After completing the diagnostic evaluation, families are provided with specific recommendations, which may include behavior therapy, educational placement, medication treatment and referrals for related services, such as speech-language therapy or occupational therapy.

Treatment

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can require a variety of treatment services to meet their full needs. Clinicians at the Child Mind Institute provide many of these services and partner with a community of experts for additional support. For children with the verbal and cognitive skills that would enable them to benefit from certain psychotherapeutic interventions, we offer a number of therapies. We can provide parent training and behavior therapy to facilitate social and executive skills, as well as to address oppositional behavior. We also provide speech-language therapy to facilitate social communication and pragmatics as well as medication management services.

To make an appointment, call us at (212) 308-3118 or request an appointment online.

Our Team

Matthew M. Cruger, PhD
Matthew M. Cruger, PhD

Senior Director, Learning and Development Center

Child Mind Institute

Alice Brandwein, PhD
Alice Brandwein, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

Child Mind Institute

Wendy N. Moyal, MD
Wendy Moyal, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Child Mind Institute

Alexandra Nussbaum, MS, CCC-SLP
Alexandra Levine, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Learning and Development Center and Healthy Brain Network

Child Mind Institute

Laura Fuhrman
Laura Phillips, PsyD, ABPdN

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

Child Mind Institute

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

Clinical Psychologist, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Ron J. Steingard, MD
Ron J. Steingard, MD

Associate Medical Director; Senior Pediatric Psychopharmacologist

Child Mind Institute

Kenneth Schuster, PsyD
Kenneth Schuster, PsyD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center; Director of Clinical Training

Child Mind Institute