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The Autism Center at Texas Children's Hospital focuses on the care of children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or who are suspected of having autism spectrum disorder.

The center provides diagnostic services for ASD and related conditions, recommendations for treatment, resources to help families, and often make referrals for subspecialty evaluations as well.

The Autism Center is a multidisciplinary effort between the departments of Developmental Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology. Working together, experts from these fields conduct extensive evaluations to form a diagnosis and a plan of intervention and therapy.

Common signs of autism spectrum disorder include problems with social interaction, problems communicating with others and playing at developmentally appropriate levels, and a tendency to repeat the same actions over and over again. Early diagnosis is important for children with autism so that specific life skills may be taught.

Autism Center and Meyer Center Newsletter

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Putting the Pieces Together: Research at the Autism Center

Learn about the Kochel Lab for Clinical Autism Research, here.

SPARK for Autism, the largest study of autism in US history, is underway at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. SPARK is an online research study that aims to speed up autism research by creating a community of 50,000 families participating from across the United States. Families are asked to enroll online and to return saliva collection kits which are mailed to their home. Learn more about how we're involved.