Children with autism and related disorders exhibit deficits in social-communication skills such as language, imitation, emotion sharing, play, and social interaction skills. In addition, they may have some associated behavioral difficulties such as aggression, severe tantrums, difficulty with transitions, or self-stimulatory behavior, and they might exhibit delayed cognitive or self-help skills.

When a child has a confirmed or possible diagnosis of autism, the family plays an especially key role in their child’s treatment program. We work together with families to support their child’s social, communication, behavioral, and emotional growth.


Albertina Kerr's Children’s Developmental Health Services provides state-of-the-art intervention for children with autism and related disorders. The programs rely on the latest scientific research in designing treatment programs for children and their families. The goal is to increase social-communication skills and address related behavioral challenges in children with autism and related disorders. This program is built on an interdisciplinary model, including professionals from the fields of speech-language pathology, developmental behavioral pediatrics, psychology, and occupational therapy, each with specific training in working with children with autism and their families.

Specific Services Include:

Medical Management and Monitoring

  • We provide ongoing case management, coordination of developmental behavioral pediatrics group, our multidisciplinary treatment team, and other treatment resources as needed. We also provide medical management and medication when appropriate, as well as family support, all to maximize your child’s success.

Specialized Behavior Management and Support

  • Children with autism and related disorders often exhibit behavior problems that can be very challenging. We provide individual consultations with parents on how to manage their child’s behavior at home and in the community using positive, proactive methods. We also provide consultations to help parents promote self-help and independence skills.

School Program Consultations

  • We offer consultations with teachers and other school personnel on how to address problem behaviors and promote communication and social skills. The clinician and the teaching staff can work together to develop a behavior management plan or an intervention plan for developing social skills for an individual child. Consultation services are usually initiated by and paid for by the parent, but might be paid for by the school upon agreement between the parent and school.