Services & Treatment

Evaluation and Diagnosis

The CDRC Autism Program provides diagnostic evaluations of children suspected of being on the autism spectrum. Structured evaluative tools, informal observations, behavior checklists, and interviews are all used to gather information about the referred child. Records from school and other service providers also provide needed information.


  • Individual sessions with speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and psychologists, based on the needs of particular children, insurance coverage, and proximity to OHSU.
  • Individual sessions with clinical psychologists to address behavioral issues in children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, including food refusal and food selectivity, aggressive or self-injurious behavior, and noncompliance.
  • Individual sessions with clinical psychologists for children, adolescents, and adults who have or are suspected to have a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome or high functioning Autistic Disorder. These sessions are individualized to meeting the individual's needs.
  • Pediatric specialty services are provided to families who have children with medical concerns. These families are referred directly to OHSU pediatric specialists, such as the gastroenterologist, neurologist, geneticist, and sleep specialist.

We follow the practice parameters outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics.