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A good place to start for most families is to get an understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other suspected developmental disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important, so if you or your pediatrician have concerns, it is important to act and schedule an evaluation rather than wait. However, because wait times can often be lengthy, here is additional information for steps that you can take while you wait.

What is the CADD referral process?

What is the CADD referral process?

  • Referral form completed by PCP 
  • Fax the completed form along with all necessary records to 214-867-5389

This information allows our team to make sure your family’s needs are best served within our Center and which provider is most appropriate to meet those needs. All information is required before the review process will begin and an appointment can be scheduled. Please allow 2-4 weeks after ALL information is received.

What records are needed so that an appointment can be scheduled?

What records are needed so that an appointment can be scheduled?

Patients Ages 0-3

  • Medical records including any MRIs, EEGs, and blood work
  • Any prior evaluations, if available (e.g., Early Childhood Intervention, therapies, Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3)
  • For Autism Spectrum Disorders: ASD screeners (e.g., Failed MCHAT for toddlers OR pediatrician’s statement of suspicion of autism)

Patients Ages 3 and up

  • School records (FIE [evaluation] and ARD records)
  • Medical records including all MRIs, EEGs, and blood work
  • Any prior evaluations, if available
What can I do while I wait?

What can I do while I wait?

Contact the following for an evaluation for community or school-based services:

  • Early Childhood Intervention [ECI; ages 0-3]
    1-800-628-5115
     
  • Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities [PPCD; ages 3-5]
    If you live in Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Fannin and Grayson Counties
    972-348-1664 or 972-348-1600 (director of preschool services)

    If you live in Tarrant, Denton, Cooke, Wise, Parker, Johnson, Hood, Somervell, Erath and Palo Pinto Counties
    817-740-7551
     
  • Public school special education [ages 5+]  
    contact your local school district

You can also contact SPEDTEX for special education in Texas at 1-855-773-3839 (855-SPEDTEX)  or visit their website.

Additional evaluations while you wait

Additional evaluations while you wait

Consider hearing and vision screenings. You may need to contact your pediatrician for a referral.

If your child is experiencing delays in communication or motor skills, contact your pediatrician for a referral for occupational, speech, or physical therapy.

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