Pediatric Autism Program

If your child has autism or a related disorder, we can help.

The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper provides comprehensive pediatric services for infants, children, and adolescents throughout South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Our Pediatric Autism Program is a multidisciplinary treatment and research center for diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

A Family-Centered, Team Approach to Pediatric Autism

When your child is treated at the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, they will have access to an interdisciplinary team of leading clinicians and researchers, as well as the full resources of our staff, which includes board-certified neurologists and certified pediatric nurse practitioners. We provide collaborative, multi-disciplinary specialty care in a family-centered, supportive environment, with convenient access to other specialists and therapists as needed.

Evaluation and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Our team will evaluate your child over one or two visits, depending on their needs. Each evaluation includes:

  • History taking
  • Physical examination
  • General developmental assessment tool
  • Administration of the DSM-IV criteria checklist

We may also administer other ASD-specific testing tools such as the:

  • Gilliam Autism Rating Scale 2
  • Gilliam Asperger’s Disorder Scale
  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

We use the DSM IV diagnostic criteria and also gather information from parents and other sources to aid in diagnosis. We conduct a history, physical (developmental and neurological) exam, and lab testing (metabolic and/or genetic) as indicated. We may also order neuroimaging if needed. We diagnose autistic spectrum disorders including autism, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified, Asperger syndrome and Rett syndrome.

Expert Guidance

After we have reviewed your child's developmental history and testing results and diagnosis, a member of our team will discuss the results with your family. At the end of your child's session, we will give you a list of recommendations appropriate for your child's development and discuss your child's behavioral needs. We will also provide a  packet of information to help you set up appropriate services for your child.

The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper works collaboratively with the Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community of New Jersey (COSAC) www.autismnj.org (now known as New Jersey Autism) to provide further parent support, education and advocacy.

For an appointment with an autism specialist at Cooper, please call 800.8.COOPER (800.826.6737).