The Clinical Autism Program of our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic is located in Putnam Hall on Stony Brook University’s South Campus. We are an interdisciplinary team of specialists representing child and adolescent psychiatry, clinical psychology, developmental pediatrics, and social work.
We offer a variety of services to children, teens, and young adults with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including comprehensive assessment and treatment recommendations for ASD youth and their families.
Stony Brook Clinical Autism Program
- Comprehensive, autism diagnostic evaluations for children ages 12-months through 18 years (21 if still in high school) that utilize gold-standard measures, such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2ndEdition (ADOS-2) and assessment of adaptive behavior.
- Developmental/cognitive assessment, as needed, using instruments such as the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development and the Wechsler Scales.
- Diagnostic evaluations for common co-occurring social-emotional and behavioral concerns in children and adolescents with ASD, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and ADHD.
These inter-disciplinary evaluations may include specialists in clinical psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, and social work. Because we are an academic training site, Fellows in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or other professionals in training may also participate in evaluations.
For an appointment,
Upon conclusion of the evaluation, your family will be provided with a detailed verbal feedback session that describes the results of the assessments, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations for intervention including an individualized treatment plan. For the ASD diagnostic evaluations, you will also receive a comprehensive written report in a timely fashion.
Additional services provided during the evaluation may include:
- Support for accessing community services, e.g., through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
- Consultation with school-personnel for recommendations regarding school services and placement
- Consultation with our psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners regarding medication management
- Access to numerous relevant research studies within the university
Medication Management –Our psychiatrists specialize in prescribing psychotropic medications to address the emotional and behavioral difficulties that are common in youth with ASD. Ongoing care and treatment depend upon the availability of the providers at the time of the evaluation.
Psychotherapy-- Our clinical faculty consisting of clinical psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, developmental pediatrics and social work possess expertise in a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, including individual cognitive behavioral interventions for children and adolescents, group therapy, and parent behavior management training. The type of intervention is subject to available resources.
We strive to provide high quality care to all children and their families. As a result, we typically experience a high volume of requests for our services, which are subject to availability. We maintain a waitlist for those we cannot accommodate at the time of their initial contact.
To schedule an appointment with one of our Clinical Autism Spectrum specialists, call (631) 632-8850. If you are a new patient, press "Option 1" when prompted.