Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Program Highlights

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) specializes in the evaluation of children with a suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities with a focus on early detection, medically complex patients and intervention planning and services. We are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities through the integration of cutting-edge research, comprehensive clinical care, and first-rate training of the next generation of scientists and care providers. The CADD is a collaborative program involving clinicians and researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), The University of Texas at Dallas Callier Centerfor Communication Disorders, and Children's Medical Center, whose diverse expertise matches the diverse needs of our families.

  • Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The symptoms include impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, and restricted, repetitive or stereotyped patterns of behavior and interests.

  • An estimated 1 in 50 children have been identified as having an ASD -and Dallas County has approximately 4,500 children under the age of 18 with an ASD.

  • The positive effects of early identification and intensive intervention are well known, yet the age of diagnosis ranges from 4 to 6 ½ years old. We aim to provide expert consultation to the community to accurately identify autism much earlier in order to speed early intervention.

  • Multiple neurodevelopmental disorders cause intellectual disability. Many of these can lead to behavioral features like autism. We aim to evaluate and treat this component but also to provide full-spectrum medical care for all forms of developmental disability.

What we treat:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • All Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Services Provided:

  • Psychological evaluations and treatment
  • Psychiatric consultation and treatment
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Specialists
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
  • Parent support groups
  • Social skills training
  • Speech and language evaluation and therapy
  • Access to pediatric specialties (GI, Genetics, Sleep Studies, etc.)
  • Clinical trials program for new medication treatments
  • School consultations
  • Referrals to appropriate community services

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about CADD, please call 214-456-7700.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Our Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) team will soon be joining the CADD in our newly constructed space. The NDD program has four goals. First, to provide clinical services for children with a wide range of neurological disabilities, including: neurogenetics, cognitive disorders, communication disorders, neurobehavioral disorders, Cerebral Palsy, coordination problems, visual and auditory impairments, and traumatic brain injuries. Second, to teach medical students, residents of many disciplines, and specifically NDD residents how to care for children with these needs. UTSW has one of only eight such residencies in the United States. Third, to provide research to better understand and support children with a wide range of disabilities. And fourth, to provide advocacy for our families whose members have special needs.

For more information on the NDD team or to schedule an appointment, please call 214-456-2768 or visit Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

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