Autism Specific Services
Multi-Disciplinary Developmental Clinic (MDDC) Evaluations
Age range: Children ages 0 – 3 years (Services completed in office)
Evaluators: The team is composed of a Pediatric Psychologist, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, and Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist
Fee: $2,000 (additional $500 if supplementary testing is required to rule out/diagnose an Autism Spectrum Disorder using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- ADOS-2)
Web-based Evaluation for the Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders (WEEI-ASD)
Age range: Children ages 0 – 3 years (Services completed through observation/video conference)
Evaluator: Pediatric Psychologist
Autism Diagnostic Evaluation for Adults
Age range: >21 years (in some cases, younger individuals may be considered)
Autism Diagnostic Evaluation for Adults are conducted to determine the existence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in suspecting adults. Such evaluations involve a comprehensive review of developmental history, intellectual evaluation, administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observational Scale – 2nd Edition (ADOS-2), and assessment of personality/psychological and adaptive functioning. Information gathered provides diagnostic clarification and guides recommendations for any interventions, accommodations or supports necessary to optimize functioning.
Autism Diagnostic Confirmation to begin Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Services
Age range: 3 – 16 years
This brief evaluation is only for children and teens who have already been diagnosed with autism by a licensed physician (pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist) and require confirmation of the Autism diagnosis for health insurance purposes to access ABA Services. The diagnostic evaluation includes a review of developmental and social history, as well as administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observational Scale – 2nd Edition (ADOS-2). A brief report is provided with the diagnostic findings.
Developmental and Social Therapies:
Age Range: birth – 5 years
The EMPOWER program at Pediatric Psychology Associates, led by a multidisciplinary team of Licensed Psychologists and Speech Language Pathologist specializing in early childhood development, is a live telehealth (online) parent coaching program to address the developmental needs of young children (under 5 years). This program consists of various modules focusing on areas of development such as communication, socialization, play, adaptive skills, and emotional/behavioral regulation.
Fee: Per Session ranging from $160 to $300
SURF (Social Understanding & Relationship Fundamentals) Groups
Age Range: 6 – 18 years
The SURF group program is primarily based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking? methodology. Though dynamic, naturalistic, play-based social experiences facilitated by experienced therapists, this program helps
- Develop and Improve Self-Monitoring and Self-Regulation Skills
- Develop and Improve Flexibility and Adaptive/Cooperative Behaviors
- Develop Social Understanding, Improve Perspective Taking and Social Skills
- Develop and Improve Pro-social Behaviors, Problem-Solving and Conflict Resolution
- Enhance Self-Esteem, Increase Feelings of Competence while Reducing Anxiety
- Foster Successful Peer Relationships
Fee: $720 for 8 Sessions
PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Social Skills)
Age Range: 14-18 (Adolescents) & 18-30 (Young Adults)
PEERS® is a caregiver/social coach-assisted evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents and young adults who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. This program includes 2 groups that run simultaneously. While the adolescent/young adult group is occurring, the caregiver/social coach group is also attending a group. During each session, the adolescents/young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialization activities.
Fee: $2000 total for 16 sessions (adolescent/young adult group and concurrent caregiver/social coach group)
Individual Social Skill Therapy
Services based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking methodology and on the PEERS® instructional approach can also be provided individually.
* PPA’s SURF group program, including its leaders, is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.
Other Relevant Services:
PPA also offers comprehensive evaluations (psychodevelopmental, psychoeducational and neuropsychological), psychotherapy (behavioral, PCIT, CBT, ERP, ACT, DBT-informed, and insight-oriented) and speech/language therapy to individuals across the lifespan.