What to Expect During Your Appointment at the Autism Clinic

Thank you for choosing the Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center for your child's medical care.  Please read this information carefully to insure that your appointment goes smoothly.  We would like your appointment to be as helpful for your family as possible.

If you are looking to schedule a visit in our clinic, please call 612-365-6777.

What to Expect

The Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic was created to provide a service to patients and families with autism and related disorders.  The clinic provides several services, which include diagnostic evaluations, family and group therapy, medical consultation and medication management, recommendations for treatment, follow-up support, and research opportunities. We serve a wide range of families, including those with diagnosed or suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), related genetic/neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Fragile X), developmental delays, language delays, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and social-emotional and behavioral concerns (social concerns, anxiety, depression, behavior difficulties).

We offer appointments with a psychologist/neuropsychologist and/or developmental behavioral pediatrician. Families can see one or both of these types of providers separately, or they may see these providers conjointly as part of a team evaluation. Our clinical team will review your intake paperwork and help you determine which type of appointment(s) would likely be most helpful for your family.

Diagnostic Evaluations

When scheduling a Diagnostic Evaluation with one of our psychologists/neuropsychologists, you can expect to attend two appointments over two days. Parents will need to remain in clinic for the duration of each visit.

  • At the first appointment, your child will complete testing to evaluate cognitive skills (IQ), language skills, adaptive skills (daily living skills), and social-emotional skills. Parents will complete rating scales, questionnaires, and brief interviews regarding concerns and their child’s functioning during this visit. This appointment generally lasts approximately 3 hours.
  • At the second appointment, autism-specific testing will be completed, including parent interview and, in most cases, administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd Edition (ADOS-2). Following testing, your family will meet with the provider to review testing results, impressions, and initial recommendations. This appointment generally lasts between 4-6 hours. You will usually receive a lunch break on this day.
  • You will receive a written report, including background information, testing results, impressions, and recommendations within 4-6 weeks from your final appointment in clinic.

You may also attend a Team Evaluation, which consists of meeting with one of our psychologists/neuropsychologists as well as our developmental behavioral pediatrician. For team evaluations, your family will attend 4 appointments over two days. Parents will need to remain in clinic for the duration of each visit.

  • At the first appointment, your child will complete testing to evaluate cognitive skills (IQ), language skills, adaptive skills (daily living skills), and social-emotional skills. Parents will complete rating scales, questionnaires, and brief interviews regarding concerns and their child’s functioning during this visit. This appointment generally lasts approximately 3 hours.
  • On the second day of the evaluation, autism-specific testing will be completed with the psychologist/neuropsychologist, including parent interview and, in most cases, administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd Edition (ADOS-2). Your family will meet with the developmental behavioral pediatrician to discuss current medical concerns and medical recommendations. Following testing, your family will meet with the providers to review testing results, impressions, and initial recommendations. This appointment generally lasts between 5-7 hours. You will receive a lunch break on this day.
  • You will receive a written report, including background information, testing results, impressions, and recommendations within 4-6 weeks from your final appointment in clinic.

*Testing plans vary and will be developed by your provider to best meet the current needs of your family.

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Appointments

During visits with our developmental behavioral pediatrician, the provider will discuss your medical history and current concerns and provide recommendations for any needed medical testing or treatment. This provider may also provide medication management if appropriate.

How to Get Started

If you are looking to schedule a visit in our clinic, please call 612-365-6777. Our scheduling team will inform you of the scheduling process, including initial paperwork needed and possible wait times for seeing a provider in our clinic.

To facilitate the visit, we need to acquire certain information prior to scheduling your child. The Patient Intake Questionnaire and Teacher Information Form should be completed and returned to the clinic. We realize that some of the questions may not be pertinent to your child's situation or may be difficult to answer for other reasons. Please fill out the questions to the best of your ability. In addition, in order to provide a comprehensive evaluation for your child, there are several components that are needed.

Your child's medical records are also required in advance to facilitate the evaluation process.  Please include the following items if your child had these completed:

  • Any X-rays, prior laboratory tests, EEG/MRI reports, medical records, psychological and developmental evaluations, school reports, educational evaluations/testing and individual education program (IEP).
  • A list of the medications (including dosage) your child is taking.

These records can be mailed or faxed to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic at the address/number below by the institution or medical facility.

Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic
Division of Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience
717 Delaware Street SE, Suite 340
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Fax: 612-625-3261

For information on therapy services available in our clinic, please visit our treatment webpage: https://www.pediatrics.umn.edu/divisions/clinical-behavioral-neuroscience/division-sections/autism-clinic/social-skills-and-other-therapy-services

We look forward to meeting with you and your child.

Amy Esler, Ph.D., L.P.
Psychologist

Rebekah Hudock, Ph.D., L.P., NCSP
Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Jane Nofer, Ph.D., L.P.
Psychologist

Robin Rumsey, Ph.D., L.P.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist