Autism Diagnostic Clinic

The Autism Diagnostic Clinic uses a telehealth model to serve residents of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Pike counties. Families do not have to travel for services and the child is evaluated in familiar surroundings. A psychologist and/or developmental nurse practitioner administers the evaluation via teleconference while guiding the parent through activities with the child. Bilingual clinicians are available.

The clinic is conducted in collaboration with specialists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children using the TELE-ASD-PEDS. Families receive a same-day diagnosis and the service is provided at no cost to families thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

To participate, children must be 18 months to three years old and receiving Early Intervention services. Children are referred to the clinic through Service Access & Management (SAM) or their county Birth to Three program. Call the CONNECT helpline at 1-800-692-7288 to be connected to your county Early Intervention program.

In 2022, the Autism Diagnostic Clinic was recognized as an emerging practice for the early detection of autism by the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs. You can read more about it here.

For more information, contact:
Gloria Alvarez, Autism Program Manager
610-289-0114 x435

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