School-Aged Autism and Developmental Clinic

The School-Aged Autism and Developmental Clinic is a multi-day clinic that provides diagnostic evaluations, reevaluations and/or behavioral consultations to school-aged youth with concerns related to intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Family members are able to discuss their concerns with an interdisciplinary team who evaluates the child’s developmental and behavioral abilities strengths, skills and needs.

The interdisciplinary evaluation team consists of faculty and trainees from psychology and developmental behavioral pediatrics with other disciplines included as indicated. The evaluation process typically consists of 2-3 visits. Prior to the initial visit, the team comprehensively reviews previous medical, educational and therapeutic records. During the initial clinic visit, a clinical interview is completed with the parents and other significant care providers, and the assessment of the individual’s current abilities is initiated.  Developmental and behavioral assessments are completed by the interdisciplinary team and may consist of structured and unstructured play-based observation and interactions, clinical interviews and standardized testing. After this appointment, the child and his or her family typically return the following week to complete the assessment.

During a follow-up appointment, assessment results and recommendations are discussed with parents to develop supports and services. At the conclusion of the evaluation, parents or guardians are provided a developmental and behavioral profile of the child, recommendations and/or relevant diagnoses. A formal report is provided to the parents and a copy is sent to the referring professional and/or primary care physician. All major insurance programs, Medicaid, and Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps are accepted.

School-Aged Autism and Developmental Clinic Staff:

  • Andrea Witwer, PhD
    Director of Training for the Nisonger Center, LEND Co-Associate Director, IDD Psychology Faculty
    Developmental Clinics, IDD Psychology, LEND
  • Jennifer Walton, MD, MPH
    Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty
  • Paula Rabidoux, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Associate Director LEND Co-Director
    Administration, Developmental Clinics, LEND
  • School-Aged Autism and Developmental Clinic
    Room 395A
    McCampbell Hall
    1581 Dodd Drive
    Columbus, OH 43210

    Tel: (614) 685-6701
    Fax: (614) 366-4709

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