Autism Spectrum Disorder Testing

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Norton Children’s Autism Center, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, offers comprehensive, family-centered evaluation and diagnostic services for children with suspected autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions. We are dedicated to using evidence-based standards in testing and helping families get the care they need for their child. Children need to be referred by their pediatrician for ASD testing.

ASD Testing Services

We provide specialized diagnostic services for children with suspected ASD. Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary set of tests follows the Autism Speaks-Autism Treatment Network diagnostic protocol. Our providers work to make these assessments as comfortable as possible for your child. Assessments may include:

  • Medical and neurological exams
  • Review of the child’s cognitive abilities
  • Speech and language assessment
  • Behavior observation and assessment
  • In-depth conversation with you and your family about your child’s behavior, development and family history
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Blood lead testing
  • Wood lamp exam, a special skin test to screen for tuberous sclerosis
  • Testing for metabolic disorders
  • Neuro-imaging (such as magnetic resonance imaging [MRI])
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Genetic testing for specific DNA changes

An ASD diagnosis is just the beginning –– our providers will work with you to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and develop a care plan that is unique for your child. If appropriate for your child, our providers may recommend additional testing for other health issues. Children with ASD can have sleep issues, and some can develop seizures or epilepsy.

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

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