Diagnostic and Consultation Services

Young Child with Abacus | Duke Autism

Diagnostic evaluations are offered for infants, children, adolescents, and adults who may have symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other related developmental disabilities. Our team includes psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, social workers, and other medical professionals who have expertise in the diagnosis of autism and other developmental disabilities. The diagnostic evaluation typically is comprised of an assessment that occurs over a series of appointments. For families coming from out of town, we do our best to schedule these appointments within a short period of time. During this assessment, our clinicians meet with each individual and his or her caregivers to review the individual’s medical, developmental, social, and academic history and current functioning. We often ask caregivers and teachers (if available) to complete questionnaires about an individual's strengths and challenges. Finally, our clinicians may conduct testing and/or observational assessment with an individual and his or her family members. A physician sometimes will conduct medical tests such as blood tests for genetic testing. Results of the evaluation are summarized and shared with caregivers during a feedback session. During this session, a  plan of care is discussed and recommendations for treatment, intervention, family support, and educational plans are reviewed. Our clinical team will then support families to navigate the steps to implement these recommendations and will provide further consultation as needed.

We work in close collaboration with a variety of other specialists across the Duke University Health System. Our goal is to coordinate appointments with members of our team and other providers at Duke who have expertise in neurology, speech language pathology, eating disorders, gastroenterology, occupational therapy, sleep medicine, and/or medical genetics. A list of Duke autism care providers can be found here.

We offer the following diagnostic and consultation services:

  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Medical evaluation
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Infant/toddler evaluation
  • Assessment of:
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Anxiety, depression, and ADHD
    • Learning disabilities
    • Behavioral challenges
  • Referral for genetic evaluation
  • Referral for neurological/epilepsy evaluation
  • Referral for evaluation of gastrointestinal problems

Please note that the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development may have opportunities for evaluation services at no cost as part of an ongoing research study. If you would like to learn more about possible participation in research, click here.