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Autism Spectrum Disorders

All About Autism

Autism affects 1 in 88 children in the US. The profile of autism has risen as the general public has become increasingly aware of the signs of autism.  While we still do not understand the causes of autism, speculation abounds.

Facing an autism diagnosis is daunting for most parents.  In fact, many parents delay evaluation with the hope that their child will outgrow the symptoms.  The fact is, if your child is showing signs of autism, early intervention gives your child a better chance at long-term success.

How CHC Helps With Autism

Autism is a specialty at CHC. We offer a One Day Autism Evaluation. Learn about The Early Support Program for Autism, a partnership between CHC and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. We also provide articles, videos, presentations, and other resources in our Parent Resource Library.

We invite you to call our Clinical Services Coordinators at 650.688.3625 or email us at caremanager@chconline.org. Please leave a message and you will receive a response from one of our Clinical Services Coordinators within 24 hours and in most cases the same day. Espanol: 650.688.3650.

Signs to Watch For

Indications like “he’s not looking at me” or “he doesn’t respond when I call his name” may or may not reflect autism.  Sometimes these symptoms mimic other problems such as slow maturation or speech delays.  A screening for children under age three or an evaluation helps clarify the differences between a diagnosis like autism and problems that can be remedied with short-term therapy.

Diagnosing Autism

Early intervention is critical, so if you have any concerns that something isn’t right, please call us for a parent consultation.

CHC’s Approach to Treating Autism

A diagnosis like autism is a serious matter.  As professionals, it is our job to be conservative in our diagnosis.  At the same time, early intervention even without a formal diagnosis is key for successful treatment. For example, if we find your child at risk for autism, we may delay a diagnosis for your child, but recommend treatment and/or close follow-up for the best results and minimum stress on the family.

Our integrated care model is particularly beneficial to families who have a child with autism.  With access to nine types of specialists under the same roof, you don’t have to coordinate care–our specialists do it for you.


CHC is also part of a partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford called Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA). The program provides supportive services at no cost to families after diagnosis. Services include parent education, helping connect with providers and guidance in navigating the education and health care systems. Call 650.723.ESPA (3772) for more information or email autismsupport@stanford.edu.

Specialists Who Work With Autism

  • Assistive Technology Specialists
  • Behavioral Specialists
  • Educational Specialists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists