Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Pediatric Autism

You and your child will work with a team of specialists.

Our team, part of the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, includes clinical psychologists, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, physical therapists, and a family consultant. We work together to understand and address your child’s unique needs. Your child may see 1 or more of these specialists depending on his or her needs.

A referral from your child's doctor or teacher is required

If you feel your child should be evaluated for symptoms of autism, please ask your child’s primary care provider to contact us to make a referral.

When we receive a referral for your child, we will contact you to gather additional information such as results from any testing done so far, your child’s IEP or 504 plan, etc. 

Upon referral, we have a 4-12 month wait list for evaluation and treatment, depending on your child's age and needs.

We understand the wait can be difficult and will do our best to see your child as soon as possible.

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SPARK: Igniting Autism Research, Improving Lives

We are proud to be one of 21 clinical sites for SPARK, a national research effort sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.


Developmental pediatrics


Speech-language pathology

Occupational therapy


Social work and family support