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Autism Evaluation and Treatment Services

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The multidisciplinary team at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders includes clinical psychology, neuropsychology, speech/language pathology, psychiatry and developmental pediatrics. Our team provides a range of clinical services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders, and their families.
CASD, along with many other autism centers nationwide, is struggling to meet our community’s evaluation needs. We currently have waitlists that exceed two years for many services and have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our evaluation waitlists. At this time, we are only able to accept referrals for patients requiring evaluation related to gender and autism care needs or young children (children below 48 months) with autism concerns requiring initial diagnostic evaluation. This decision was made to help encourage families to seek services elsewhere in the community because we are unable to offer them in a reasonable timeframe. It will also allow our team to work on new models of care that will enable us to support more families in the future.

Autism Evaluation Update

    Effective March 29,2024, the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is not accepting new requests/intakes for autism evaluation for children 4 years or older. This does not impact our Gender and Autism services (that waitlist is open).

    The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children’s National Hospital has a variety of programs and services to help care for and treat your child’s needs. Your child will have access to the latest treatments based on our cutting-edge research and our commitment to providing age-appropriate, personalized care for your child.

    Our newest clinical programs include:

    • Inpatient and outpatient autism consultation and training. Our Autism Behavioral Consult team educates and collaborates with nurses, doctors and other care providers to help them understand the unique needs of children with ASD while in the hospital or medical setting.
    • Telehealth. We use telecommunications and information technology to provide real-time, two-way communications between medical experts and families. This service makes specialized CASD therapies available to children and families no matter where they live.
    • Toddler and preschool rapid assessments. Depending on your child’s needs, we provide a streamlined option that combines evaluation for two specialties at once. This includes a psychology/speech and language assessment or a psychology/developmental pediatrics assessment.


    Effective March 29, 2024, the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is not accepting new requests/intakes for autism evaluation for children 4 years or older. This does not impact our Gender and Autism Program (That waitlist is open).

    Children's National offers evaluations for children ages 15 months through young adulthood. The evaluation process may include a series of appointments or a single visit. The type of evaluation needed is determined patient-by-patient but may include:

    • Diagnostic interview and review of medical and developmental history
    • Neuropsychological or developmental evaluation, which may include assessment of intellectual ability, language, visual-spatial skills, attention, executive functioning, memory, fine motor skills, social functioning, adaptive behavior and/or academic achievement
    • Comprehensive speech/language assessment of verbal and nonverbal communication skills
    • Standardized diagnostic play/interview session
    • Physical examination

    Based on our findings, team members meet with the family to discuss diagnosis, prognosis and recommendations for school placement, behavioral intervention and adjunct services. A written report with recommendations for academic and therapeutic interventions is also provided. Based on parental preference, we can consult with the child’s school by attending school meetings and assisting with the development and implementation of educational plans.

    Treatment and Support Services

    We offer a limited range of treatment and support services for children and adolescents with ASD and their families, addressing executive function, transition to adulthood and gender nonconformity. Services are provided by multiple disciplines and can include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, brief consultations and psychiatric services.

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