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Autism Diagnostic Clinic

The Akron Children's Hospital Autism clinic diagnostic team provide diagnosis, medical management and behavioral supports to children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. We work closely with other pediatric specialists as needed, as well as community partners, to support the needs of you and your child.

Specialized care.

Kids with autism have differences in the way their brains develop and process information. They might have language delays or trouble communicating with others, perform certain unusual or repetitive behaviors, or have difficulties learning in school.

No two cases of autism are exactly alike. Symptoms can be severe and interfere with everyday tasks or they can be mild and cause few problems. We call this range of symptoms a "spectrum."

Our assessment team includes a psychologist, psychometrist, and a speech and language pathologist. At the initial appointment, your child will undergo speech and language testing. This may include tests of expressive language, receptive language, speech sound production, as well as a hearing screen. There will also be developmental testing. This may include tests of problem solving/cognitive abilities, fine motor skills, and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).

You will be asked to rate your child’s adaptive behavior, socio-emotional/behavior, and/or social communication, as well as review his history during a clinical interview. If your child has any special needs/accommodations, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements.

Our team will review all of the information gathered, as well as any relevant early intervention or school documents. These documents may include Help Me Grow or Individualized Education Program (IEP) reports. We will use these to develop recommendations specific to your child. Our specialists will also collaborate with other pediatric specialties as needed - such as speech and language and sleep medicine - as well as with community partners to support the individual needs of your child and family.

Results and recommendations will be communicated through a face-to-face feedback session with the psychologist about two weeks later. With early intervention and therapy, we can help your child achieve his or her best potential.

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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children's Hospital NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Allison Burke
Allison Burke, PhD

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic; Child and Adolescent Psychologist


Jessica Foster, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; The Venner Family Endowed Chair in Autism; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician