Autism Spectrum Disorder Service

Children with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions benefit from treatment that is focused on addressing each child’s unique challenges and developing strategies that help them both at home and at school.

Dr. Yamalis Diaz and Dr. Alan Schlechter

Dr. Yamalis Diaz and Dr. Alan Schlechter discuss treatment at the Child Study Center.

At the Child Study Center, our team works with children as young as 12 months of age who have difficulty with social interaction and communication or who have repetitive behaviors or fixations on particular topics or activities. Our care continues through childhood and into adulthood.

Our specialized services for children, adolescents, and adults include:

  • diagnostic, psychiatric, and neuropsychological assessments
  • behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy
  • social skills groups
  • parent training and sibling support
  • school consultation
  • service navigation and educational and transition planning
  • functional behavior assessments and behavior plans

As part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we can also connect your child with other pediatric care, including developmental pediatrics, neurology, genetics, gastroenterology, and rehabilitation, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech–language pathology

Autism Evaluation and Consultation

When you bring your child to the Child Study Center, our experts provide diagnostic, psychiatric, and neuropsychological evaluations to determine your child’s individual challenges. We use the results of these evaluations to create a treatment plan for your child and family.

Autism Treatment

Autism treatment can include Pivotal Response Treatment for language, social, and behavior goals. We also specialize in using cognitive behavioral therapy to treat children and young adults who have complex concerns, including co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, obsessive–compulsive disorder, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Medication evaluation and treatment are available.

We also offer group-based therapies through our Social Learning Program, which helps children learn how to make friends, handle social interactions, and manage anxiety. In addition, we provide guidance for parenting a child who has autism.

Family and Community Education

We offer the following programs to help parents and the community learn more about autism.

Service Navigation Program

Our Service Navigation Program provides ongoing therapeutic and educational support and information for families. We have extensive experience in educational planning in New York City, including consultation on individualized education programs, school placement, and transition planning.

Outreach Presentations

Our specialists are available to parents, professionals, and schools for training and workshops on a wide range of topics. A sample of topics includes behavior management basics, anxiety and autism, dating and relationships on the spectrum, and current trends in autism research.

Training and Consultation

Our team provides one-time and ongoing professional training and consultation to schools and other organizations. Our work spans curriculum development, program design consultation and evaluation, and school observations.

We are also the New York City headquarters for the New York State Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which provides training and resources to parents, professionals, and community members on understanding autism.

Contact Us

To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services, please contact our care management team at 646-754-4958 or email us at csc.care@nyumc.org.