Pediatric Autism and Developmental Disabilities

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Pediatric Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD)

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) is an interdisciplinary program offering comprehensive patient care and translational medicine for individuals with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The Center is a joint endeavor between UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Health℠, and additional collaborations with UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders are critical to both our clinical and research missions. CADD is a single home for patients and families where multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment teams work alongside leading scientists utilizing state-of-the-art approaches for understanding and treating neurodevelopmental disorders.

Program overview

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) offers comprehensive services for children who are newborn to age 21 with autism spectrum disorders or a wide range of other neurodevelopmental disabilities. These conditions impair the development of the brain and central nervous system, affecting emotion, memory, learning and socialization.

CADD was created with the broad goal of providing comprehensive treatment and support for children of all ages. We connect families with professionals in the field and help coordinate a wide range of services in the school and community. Our services include:

  • Diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder
  • Assessments in pediatric neurology with neurodevelopmental disabilities specialists
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Psychiatric consultation and treatment
  • Psychological and Neuropsychological evaluations and consultations
  • Speech and language evaluation and therapy
  • Educational assessments and support


At the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD), we truly believe that knowledge is power. We strive to provide the most information possible to our families through our team of healthcare providers and health resources.  

Meet the Care Team