Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is a joint program between UT Southwestern, Children’s Medical Center, and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at UT Dallas. The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities has three missions:

  • First, we provide state-of-the-art medical care for autism and all other neurodevelopmental disabilities. This includes initial diagnostic evaluations and treatment planning, behavioral intervention for recently diagnosed children, treatment services by neurology providers, and a psychopharmacology consultation service for children and adolescents having significant behavioral problems but not responding to first-line treatments in the community.
  • Second, we provide clinical education for medical students, residents, and graduate students in order to prepare them to deliver services to developmentally disabled individuals over the course of their careers.
  • Third, we conduct research aimed at developing new knowledge about the genetic, neural system, and neurobehavioral deficits associated with different neurodevelopmental disorders, while testing new drug treatment strategies.

Several active collaborations including clinicians and basic neuroscience researchers are designed to bring new discoveries from animal model work quickly to clinical research programs in order to expedite drug discovery and improve patient care. We have particularly active animal model and clinical research programs focusing on Fragile X and Phelan-McDermid syndromes.

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities was organized to combine all providers evaluating and treating autism and other developmental disabilities into one clinical service in order to provide a single portal of contact/entry for community providers and families to our hospital systems. Evaluations are highly multidisciplinary, with neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech and hearing experts, and BCBA therapists onsite evaluating and treating patients as indicated.

For more information or to seek clinical evaluation or treatment in our Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, please call 214-648-0102.