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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Offering an array of diagnostic and treatment services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

Services     Providers     Locations     Appointments

Duke University offers a wide range of services for individuals with autism and their families.  Duke providers are committed to offering state-of-the-art, coordinated care that is compassionate and responsive to the needs of each person and family. At Duke, continuity of care begins from the first concern during screening at a Duke primary care clinic through access to specialized diagnosis and treatment and a wide range of sub-specialty services. For more information, please visit the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development website.


Services

Our multidisciplinary clinics offer the following services:

  • Diagnostic assessment for autism
  • Infant toddler evaluation
  • Academic achievement testing
  • Intelligence testing
  • Adaptive behavior assessment
  • Pharmacological treatment (medication management)
  • Behavioral functional assessments
  • Assessment of co-occurring anxiety, ADHD, and depression
  • Individual and family behavioral therapy
  • Applied behavioral analysis
  • Early intervention and parent coaching
  • Referral for a genetic evaluation
  • Referral for sleep and eating disorders
  • Referral for a communication evaluation and treatment
  • Referral for medical care and services

What to Expect

A referral from a physician is required. It is also necessary for you or the child’s parents or primary care providers to return a completed information sheet before the first appointment is scheduled. 

During your or your child’s first appointment, a detailed history is taken by one of the psychologists or physician. Depending on the needs of the patient and family, the following services may be offered.

  • Diagnostic testing for autism. Many new patients require further diagnostic evaluation and are seen by one of our psychologists. The psychologists may evaluate the child using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS). Intellectual, academic and adaptive functioning may also be assessed. During the follow-up meeting, the test results, treatment options and/or referrals will be discussed.
  • Pharmacological treatment. When appropriate, we offer medical consultation and medication management to improve functioning of individuals with autism. Medications might be prescribed to help with sleep disturbances, social anxiety, aggressive behavior, self-injurious behavior, and shorter attention span than expected for developmental level. Follow-up is arranged as necessary. For most problems requiring medication, behavior management is also recommended.
  • Communication, hearing and feeding evaluations and treatment. When appropriate, you or your child may be referred for a communication evaluation. Duke Children's Speech Pathology and Audiology provides in-depth communication assessments. The use of visual language techniques and augmentative communication strategies for individuals with autism is an area of special expertise.
  • Genetics evaluation. You or your child may also be referred to geneticists at Duke who are recognized experts in the genetics of autism.
  • Behavior therapy. When appropriate, we offer behavior therapy to address challenging behavior, such as self-injurious behavior, anxiety, depression, toileting challenges, and sleep disturbance.

Clinical Care Providers

For a complete list of clinical care providers, please visit the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development website.


Locations

Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development
East Pavilion at Lakeview, Suite 300
2608 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705

Lenox Baker Childen's Hospital
3000 Erwin road
Durham, NC 27705 

Durham Child Development and Behavioral Clinic
402 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710


Appointments and Contact Information

For new and return appointments, see the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development website for individual providers and contact information.

  • For urgent calls after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please call 919-684-8111 and ask the operator to page the child psychiatrist on call.
  • For physicians requesting consultations or making referrals, please call the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).