Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

Norton Children’s Autism Center, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, offers multidisciplinary, family-centered care for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We offer services from a wide range of specialties designed to meet each child where they are.

What Causes Autism?

There is no single cause for autism. Research shows that autism can develop based on a number of factors, including genetic and environmental factors. Autism tends to run in families, with parents potentially passing on gene changes to their child. These genetic changes can happen on their own as well. The gene changes do not cause autism, but increase risk. Environmental factors can include:

  • Advanced age of either parent
  • Pregnancy and birth complications
  • Pregnancies occurring less than one year apart

Vaccinations do not cause autism. See a comprehensive list of research supporting this, presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Signs of Autism in Children

ASD Testing and Treatment

The Norton Children’s Autism Center team, including neurologists, psychologists and therapists from a variety of fields, provides several options for ASD assessment and treatment.

ASD Testing

ASD Treatment

Why Choose Norton Children’s Autism Center

  • Kentucky’s only autism center offering a full range of health, educational and behavioral services in one location
  • Specialty care for conditions related to autism, such as epilepsy, gastrointestinal disorders, and genetic and neurogenetic conditions, available in one location to help families manage their child’s health care with ease
  • Outreach diagnostic and medical clinic locations available in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Paducah and Somerset, Kentucky, through a partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office for Children With Special Health Care Needs
Autism Center

Norton Children’s Autism Center

(502) 588-0736

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