Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by delayed or atypical behavior in two domains: social interaction and communication, and restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. Children and adolescents with ASD also have high rates of co-occurring ADHD, anxiety, and other medical and behavior disorders. Research shows that early diagnosis and appropriate treatments leads to improvements in language, social skills, challenging behavior, and co-occurring conditions. The Child Study Center works with your child and family to create an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan with strategies and supports for both home and school.

Specialized services for children and adolescents

  • Diagnostic, psychiatric, neuropsychological assessments
  • Service navigation and educational and transition planning
  • Functional behavior assessments and behavior plans
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Social learning groups
  • Parent training and sibling support
  • College student preparation and support
  • School consultation

Evaluation and Consultation

The CSC provides expert diagnostic evaluation, including the gold-standard ADOS-2 and ADI-R, from toddler age through adulthood for concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Disorder. We also offer comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, psychiatric assessment, and functional behavior assessments in homes and schools.

Our unique Service Navigation program provides ongoing support and information to families regarding therapeutic and educational services. We have extensive experience in educational planning in New York City, including consultation on IEPs, school placement, and transition planning.

Treatment

Our expert clinicians provide evidence-based behavioral treatment, including Early Social Interaction and Pivotal Response Treatment, for language, social and behavior goals. We specialize in treating children and young adults with complex profiles, including co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression and ADHD, with Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Medication evaluation and treatment are available as a part of our multidisciplinary team approach.

Our fun and friendly social learning groups are offered from preschool age through young adulthood. College student services including an intensive skills program prior to entry and a peer mentoring program throughout college. Learn more here.
 
The Bridge Project, is an education and support program for families with children recently diagnosed with ASD teaches immediate strategies to increase social communication and important education about connecting to appropriate services.
 
We also offer individual and group parent training tailored to meet your family’s needs. Our model emphasizes family-based treatment planning and a focus on family functioning. The CSC offers individual and group support to enhance coping of siblings of children on the spectrum.

Community Education

We are available to parents, professionals, and schools for in-services and workshops on a wide range of topics. A sample of topics includes: Behavior Management Basics, Strategies to Increase Communication, Problem-Solving Challenging Behavior, Transition Planning, Supporting Siblings, Dating and Relationships on the Spectrum, Teaching Social Cognition, and Current Trends in Autism Research.

Our Clinicians

Candice Baugh, MA, LMHC

Karina Campos, PsyD

Sarah Kern, LCSW

Sarah Kuriakose, PhD

Ruth Nass, MD

Melissa Nishawala, MD

Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD