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Autism Clinic for Children 3 and Older


What we do in this clinic

Most children aged three and older will initially have a medical assessment by a pediatric nurse practitioner or a developmental pediatrician at the Autism Clinic. After that visit, they may be referred to a psychologist for more testing.

During the medical assessment, the medical professional will take a medical and developmental history of the child. They will perform a physical exam. They may also ask the child to complete some tasks to better understand current developmental skills. This appointment generally lasts one hour.

If your child participates in a psychological evaluation, the psychologist will conduct a behavioral health history of the child and family based on the concerns. Your child will then have testing planned, conducted, and scored. The clinic will provide your family with a diagnosis, feedback, and written report.

There may be as many as three sessions needed to complete the visit. The sessions will include an initial assessment, testing, and feedback.

Our team

Medical Professionals

  • Alexandra Thompson Bateman, MSN, APRN, CPNP
  • Shai Bynum, MSN, APRN, CPNP
  • Allie Hush Deckard, MSN, APRN, CPNP
  • Paul Dressler, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Rachel Goode, M.D.
  • Alice Lawrence, M.D.
  • Angela Maxwell-Horn, M.D.
  • Allison Oldacre Griffin, MSN, APRN, CPNP
  • Catherine Mize, MSN, APRN, NP-C


Preparing for your visit

After your appointment is scheduled, you will receive new patient questionnaires through the mail. Please complete these forms and mail them to our office, or bring them to your appointment. We also ask that you include your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) if you have one, and any other reports from prior testing.

On the day of the appointment, have your child eat breakfast and take their medications. Bring along anything your child may need during the appointment. This may include snacks, drinks, diapers and wipes, a change of clothes, and a few activities in case there is down time. It is best if siblings do not attend the appointment. If siblings must come to the appointment, please bring an adult who can care of them in the waiting area.

This list of resources may help you better understand and prepare for your visit to our clinic.

Last Edited: June 7, 2017
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