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A free resource that provides access to information and support for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.
Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Melanie Pinkett-Davis, MSW, LCSW-C
Stewart Mostofsky, MD
About Clinical Services:
An accurate diagnosis is crucial to helping children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families identify appropriate therapies. As leaders in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we provide our patients and their families with the most up-to-date diagnostic information and help them understand their child's strengths and needs. For each child, our team develops individual treatment programs that can include behavioral intervention; verbal and augmentative communication treatment; social skills and cognition intervention; occupational therapy; medical management; and family support services. Driven by ongoing research, our clinical programs offer children the most innovative therapies available.
The well-being of our children and their families is our highest priority. Our care is tailored to each patient's individual needs. Services provided at CARD include:
- Developmental assessments
- Second opinion diagnosis
- Treatment consultations
- Interventions (including medical management)
Given our ongoing collaboration with the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) -- a national network of diagnostic centers -- Kennedy Krieger Institute professionals are helping to establish high standards of care not only for the children treated at the Institute, but also for children across the country and around the world. Specifically, our clinical program offers the following range of evaluations and therapeutic services:
- Diagnostic Evaluations: Completed by teams of ASD experts in the disciplines of: neurology, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, neuropsychology, clinical psychology and clinical social work.
- Individual Evaluations: A comprehensive new patient review and identification of recommendations for a plan of care that may include further specialized testing or specialized services offered at CARD or appropriate referrals. These evaluations are completed by individual staff members from our various disciplines.
- Treatment Services: CARD's various treatment programs include medical services, speech-language intervention, occupational therapy, psychological services, child and family psychotherapy, social skills groups, and medication management.
- The center also offers a variety of parent therapeutic training programs, including:
- JUMP START: A six-week speech-language therapy program for parents and children focusing on socialization and early language/communication interaction development for children under the age of three years.
- KICK START: A 12-week speech-language therapy program for parents and children focusing on increasing the child’s communication, social interaction, play, and learning readiness skills. Designed for children three to six years of age.
- PLAY WITH ME: A parent-child interaction series to enhance socialization and functional skill development and to assist with sensory regulation.
- PICTURE EXCHANGE CLINIC: A six-week speech-language therapy program for parents and children to develop and implement a Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS) for expressive communication.
- FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION CLINIC: A six-week speech-language therapy program for parents and children to determine and implement the most effective communication aids for the child. Functional communication strategies may include PECS, picture communication books, speech output augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC), and other visual supports.
- CIRCLE OF SECURITY: A 10- to 12-week caregiver-only program focused on understanding your child’s emotional world as a means of helping them manage their feelings and behaviors.
- ENHANCE: A 10-week parent-child series that uses child-led play a means of enhancing the child’s social interactions and positive connections with caregivers.