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The Autism Program provides individualized diagnosis and treatment plans for each child and family seen in clinic. Patients may be evaluated by a Psychologist or Developmental Pediatrician and may be referred for further evaluation by medical subspecialists, social work, speech/language pathology, audiology, physical/occupational therapy, or other services as needed.
Following the Autism Program evaluation, each family receives individualized recommendations for care, information about evidence-based interventions including special education, therapies and other community-based services, and guidance about how to best access these services in their local communities. Families are also provided access to Autism Center educational programs on a variety of different topics.
New patient referrals are accepted for children under age 12. For more information on services for children ages 12 and older, please click on the Community Resources tab and subscribe to the electronic newsletter for information about educational programs for families of older children. In addition, the Autism Program is primarily a diagnostic and evaluation center and does not offer ongoing treatment or services such as speech or occupational therapy at this time. Speech and occupational therapy may be available through other Texas Children's Hospital locations. Please visit the websites for Speech, Language, and Learning and Physical and Occupational Therapy for more information regarding obtaining these services through Texas Children's Hospital. For more information about accessing other types of services in the community, please visit our Community Resources page.
The Autism Program also leads a variety of different research studies and can be a great resource in connecting your family with research opportunities that best meet your family’s needs and interests. Please visit our Research page for more information regarding on-going studies.
If it sounds like the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics and Autism is a good fit for your child’s needs, please visit our Becoming a Patient page. If you have any questions about the services offered through the Autism Program, please do not hesitate to contact us as 832-822-3704.