Autism Spectrum Disorders Services in Pittsburgh

Autism Spectrum Disorders Services in Pittsburgh

The Center for Autism at The Children's Institute provides evaluations, medical and therapy services, educational services, and child and family services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We strive to improve the lives of these children and their families through our programs, services and research.

Our Center for Autism is led by Dr. Scott Faber, and provides a comprehensive, family-centered approach to help children and youth with autism spectrum disorder from birth through age 21.

Autism

Our comprehensive network of services creates an environment where children receive the individualized program that makes it possible for them to achieve their own greatest potential.

The Center for Autism adheres to a specific framework that includes

  • Expertise
  • Continuity of Services
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Family-Centered Focus

Medical and Therapy Services

Our experienced and credentialed team offers an integrated approach to treatment for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Individual treatment plans are developed in collaboration with the patient's families, and may include a number of therapies and techniques depending on the needs of the child.

Developmental Pediatrics:

We provide diagnostic and treatment services for children with ASD, utilizing a team approach, involving a:

  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Child psychiatrist
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Registered nurse
  • Certified occupational therapy assistant

Physical Therapy:

As a part of a complete evaluation, our physical therapists assess the skills and needs of the child with autism in the areas of:

  • Motor movement and coordination
  • Task adjustment and accuracy
  • Response to social cues
  • Task generalization
  • Ongoing wellness
  • Physical fitness

Occupational Therapy:

Our occupational therapists aim to support the individuals’ health and participation in life through engagement in meaningful activities that support their independence in daily routines.

Speech/Language Therapy:

Our speech/language pathologists evaluate and treat infants through young adults with communication and/or functional feeding impairments. The treatment plan we develop may include augmentative communication therapy, which provides practical solutions and alternative forms of communication for children who are nonverbal or minimally verbal.

Functional Feeding:

Children with autism who have feeding or swallowing disorders are evaluated and treated by a team that may include a:

  • Physician
  • Speech/language pathologist
  • Registered dietitian
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologist

Psychology:

We work with patients and caregivers to help them manage different aspects of ASD. This team evaluates the developmental and cognitive abilities of patients, and assists in providing appropriate recommendations to caregivers.

Research

Until the causes of autism are found, it is vital that we learn how to intervene more effectively. Our team works collaboratively with several universities in pursuit of innovative research to develop more effective treatment and education standards for the wider community. The Children's Institute is conducting a number of research projects that are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as several local foundations.

Educational Services

The Day School at The Children’s Institute is a state-approved private school for children ages 5 through 21 who are challenged by complex and severe disabilities, including autism. Ten of our 26 classrooms are specifically designed for students with autism. With a two-to-one student-to-staff ratio, each classroom is assigned a special education teacher and two para-educators. We provide an individualized, strengths-based approach to academic and behavioral growth. Applied Behavior Analysis and other evidence-based approaches and strategies serve as integral and essential components of our curriculum.

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