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

We 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 PEERS® Social Skills 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.

STAMP: Stress and Anger Management Program for Children with Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder may experience high levels of emotional reactivity and regulation difficulties. STAMP is an evidence-based, parent-assisted emotion regulation group for children ages 4 to 7 who have autism spectrum disorder. Through this 9-week virtual group, children and their parents explore different feelings, learn to identify their own emotions, and practice different coping skills. Parent and child participate together during the first 45 minutes of the session and the second 45 minutes of the session is a parent-only component. Parents learn how to support their children and encourage them to practice the new skills in their home and school environments. Sessions are held virtually on Fridays from 4:00 to 5:30PM. The total cost for the program is $1800 per family, which is partially covered by some insurance plans. To enroll or for more information, please email

Stress Management and Mindfulness Group for Parents of Children with Autism

During this four-session program, parents of children with autism learn how to use mindfulness exercises and acceptance and commitment therapy to manage stress. The course is based on a program from the University of Queensland in Australia. Sessions are held virtually on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00PM. The cost for the program is $800 per family, which is partially covered by some insurers. To enroll, please contact Dr. Gili Segall at

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