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Programs and Services for Children With Autism

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Early intervention is important for children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Our continuum of care begins with children as young as 18 months.

Our high quality programs and services are specially designed to treat the developmental needs of each child and his or her family.

National and International Recognition

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders, and our physicians and staff have attained national and international recognition for educational, clinical and research activities.

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders one of 17 national locations of the Autism Treatment Network and serves as western Pennsylvania’s Regional Autism, Services, Education, Resources and Training Center (ASERT).

The Merck Inpatient Unit recently received a three-year national accreditation from the National Association on Dual Diagnosis (NADD).

The Merck Inpatient Unit for children and adolescents was selected to join the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Inpatient Research Collaborative, a national effort of six specialized inpatient units, to develop best practice pathways for assessment and treatment with initial support from the Simons Foundation and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.

John McGonigle, PhD, traveled to Moscow, Russia, at the invitation of leaders coordinating the 2013 International Forum on Autism, and shared his expertise on behavior assessments and management of autism across the lifespan and educating students with autism in the classroom.

Benjamin Handen, PhD, is investigating the efficacy of a medication to decrease weight gain in children who are prescribed atypical antipsychotic medications (which often leads to significant weight gain) in the Merck Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic (with support from the Health Research Services Administration).