Comprehensive assessment, diagnostic and treatment services for infants and children with autism spectrum disorders.
The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Autism Center provides all services for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in one centralized location, making it convenient for children to receive the evaluation and treatment needed to help each patient reach his or her greatest potential.
Although there is no cure for autism, early diagnosis and individualized care can make a dramatic difference in a child’s ability to function at home, in school and in social settings. Our team of experts work together to give each patient the best treatment plan, services and support transitioning to adult care. We also include the family as part of our care team and offer parent support and educational training.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects many children and ranges from mild to severe. Strong evidence suggests that genetic factors play a critical role. Some children with ASD have complex needs that require the support of many specialists. Signs of ASD include:
- Difficulty making friends
- Not knowing when to use gestures or make eye contact when talking to someone
- Showing repetitive and very routine behaviors
- Over or underreacting to sensory input like sound or touch
The Autism Center offers many services and evidenced-based programs, including:
Additional services we may help with include:
- Parent training workshops
What to Expect at Your Appointment
At your first appointment, children age 4 and younger will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary team, including:
- Developmental medicine
- Speech-language pathology
Some children with ASD have additional medical issues and may need the care of specialists at another time. Recommendations for additional services may include:
We often recommend two sessions of patient testing to measure thinking skills and social development. Once testing is complete, our team of experts will develop an individualized care plan for your child.
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