The WMed Pediatric Autism Center provides a full range of comprehensive assessment and diagnostic evaluation for autism spectrum disorder. Children can be referred by children’s primary care physicians, families can make direct appointments, and community based agencies may also request evaluations.
In addition, as of June 1 2018, the autism center was officially designated as an Approved Autism Evaluation Center (AAEC) by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN). This designation means that we will now be able to provide evaluations for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to our patients with BCBSM and BCN, which is a prerequisite to access Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. As a result of this designation, we will be able to offer ASD evaluations for patients with the entire spectrum of insurances, private and public.
- Comprehensive Autism Evaluations
Planning for Your Visit
A care coordinator will contact families to discuss what is needed for an autism evaluation, including caregiver assessments, which need to be completed before an appointment and insurance verification. The care coordinator will also provide a brief description of the evaluation day and answer any questions. The following is an example of the activities that occur on a typical evaluation day:
- One caregiver will complete an autism diagnosis interview (ADI-R).
- One caregiver will accompany the patient, who will complete a variety of assessments (cognitive, speech and language, and additional assessments as needed).
- Medical evaluation
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2)
Once the evaluation is complete, a feedback session will be scheduled on a subsequent date.
- All insurances accepted including Medicaid and Medicaid Health Plans.
- Caregivers are strongly encouraged to contact their insurance provider to discuss insurance coverage, including copays and deductibles, before the appointment.
Referrals to the autism center can be made by physicians, psychologists, social workers, other health care/mental health care providers, and schools by completing the subspecialty referral form and new patient form, and faxing the forms to 269.337.6474. Providers with access to EPIC can make a referral directly to - Meds and Orders > Referral > Ambulatory referral to WMed Pediatric Psychology > Roger Apple
Families can directly refer to the autism center and schedule an appointment by calling our care coordinator at 1-269-337-4608 or contacting our clinics referral department at 269.337.6289.