Norton Children’s Autism Center, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, offers multidisciplinary, family-centered treatment 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.
Children with ASD can build social, language and play skills through a variety of intensive behavioral therapies. We can recommend specific therapies and strategies to incorporate their strengths and address their unique needs. Often, children with ASD benefit from a combination of different therapies. These usually are highly structured, one-on-one or in small groups that include family members. Therapies can include:
Developmental pediatricians and nurse practitioners diagnose and provide medication management of disorders commonly associated with ASD such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), global developmental delay, aggression, irritability, sleep disturbances, sensory disorders and anxiety. The provider team closely monitors growth and development throughout childhood and young adult life while collaborating with psychology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, neurology, psychiatry and comprehensive services that constitute a personalized approach to the patient and family.
Occupational therapy can help improve a child’s participation in everyday life activities such as self-care, home and community living tasks, play, education-related tasks and social participation. Our therapy team also offers outpatient feeding therapy services to help child and family develop new mealtime routines. Feeding therapy will address the child’s acceptance of a wider variety of foods so that mealtimes are more enjoyable for the whole family. The ultimate goal of our occupational therapy program is to help caregivers develop problem-solving skills to make positive and effective changes to their child’s daily living routines and build a child’s abilities and confidence to participate in daily living activities at a higher level of independence.
Our team of speech-language pathologists provide specialized services in the areas of speech, language, social skills, fluency, feeding/swallowing, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children, teens and young adults with ASD.
AAC uses a variety of methods other than verbal speech to communicate. Examples of AAC include the use of gestures, pictures, typing, and speech-generating devices. Patients with severe speech and/or language impairments may benefit from the use of AAC to functionally communicate their wants, needs, thoughts and ideas.
Our speech-language therapy services are tailored to the child’s and family’s needs and may include:
Our speech-language pathologists use a team approach, working closely with other providers to determine the communication system that best meets the needs of the child. We emphasize the importance of family and caregiver involvement and participation. Our ultimate goal is to train those closest to the child for success at home and in the community. We accomplish this by equipping the child and caregivers with the tools, knowledge and support needed to improve the child’s ability to communicate.