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Autism Center

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Autism Center provides comprehensive assessment and diagnostic services for children and adolescents with known or suspected autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive assessment and diagnostic services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in one centralized location, making it convenient for children to receive the evaluation needed to help each patient reach his or her greatest potential.

Our team believes the first years of life are critical to a child’s development, and that children with ASD can make the greatest progress through direct care provided by a multidisciplinary team of experts working together. We also include the family as part of our care team and offer parents support, education and training. Although autism can’t be cured, early diagnosis and treatment can make a dramatic difference in a child’s life and ability to function at home, in school and in social settings.

In addition to expert pediatric medical and surgical care, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has nationally recognized programs in pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy to help children reach developmental milestones. We are also a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. 

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s social skills and can range from mild to severe, is persistent and limits or impairs everyday functioning. Strong evidence suggests that genetic factors play a critical role. Signs of ASD may 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

Children with ASD have complex needs requiring the support of specialists in different fields working together. Treatment for ASD is most successful when it is designed to meet a child’s specific needs.

Multidisciplinary Evaluations

Children 4 years of age and younger will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team including:

  • Psychology
  • Developmental medicine
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Occupational therapy

Some children with ASD have accompanying medical issues and may need the care of specialists at another time. Pediatric experts in these and other areas are available here at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Recommendations for additional services may include the following:

  • Pediatric psychiatry
  • Physiatry
  • Neurology
  • Audiology
  • Genetics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Sleep Center
  • Applied Behavior Analysis


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880 6th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701