Autism Spectrum Disorder Center
Welcome to the San Jose Autism Spectrum Disorder Center
6620 Via Del Oro
San Jose, CA 95119
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
We look forward to seeing you at the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Center. In addition to following any instructions you received from our staff, please click on the link below for important information you should review prior to your first appointment.
What can I expect on the day of the evaluation?
When you arrive at the ASD Center, you can expect to be greeted by one or more clinicians who are experienced in ASD and who are committed to providing you and your child with excellent care. We do this by utilizing assessment measures and interview questions that are informed by research and our clinical experience. Appointments at the ASD Center usually take a full day and consist of meeting with you and your child, conducting a thorough interview, and using a variety of assessment tools to help determine the specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses of each child. Due to the nature of our evaluations, some children may need to be seen on multiple days.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
ASD is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed very early in childhood that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. ASD occurs in approximately 1 in 88 individuals of all racial, ethnic, and social groups, and boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed than girls (1 in 54 boys are diagnosed versus 1 in 252 girls). ASD impairs a person’s ability to communicate and develop relationships with others. Individuals with ASD often have:
•Difficulties with social interactions
•Difficulties communicating with others
•Limited, repetitive, or unusual activities and interests
Different individuals can have symptoms and characteristics of ASD that are more or less severe. The specific behaviors of individuals with ASD can vary widely from person to person. For more information about behaviors seen in ASD, please see Understanding Your Child’s Behavior.
How can the ASD Center help?
The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Centers of Kaiser Permanente Northern California are located in San Jose, San Francisco, and Rancho Cordova. All of these clinics are dedicated to evaluating ASD in children and teens and providing parents with general recommendations for resources and treatment.
At the San Jose ASD Center, we want you to feel supported. That is why we use a multidisciplinary approach that includes psychologists, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and a pediatrician. We also work closely with speech and occupational therapists. Depending on the needs of your child, different providers are assigned to your family for your evaluation. Please see ASD Center Staff for a complete list of the ASD Center staff and links to clinician home pages.
I want to get started learning about ASD right away. What websites provide high-quality information about ASD?
Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources: Websites, Books, and Community Services provides a full list of recommended resources. However, if you want to get started right away, we believe the following “top five” links will be the most helpful:
•Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program: The Autism Research Program at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research conducts, publishes, and disseminates high quality research to improve the health and care of individuals affected by ASD.
•Autism Speaks: This organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of ASD, funding research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for ASD, and advocating for the needs of individuals with ASD and their families. One particularly helpful feature of this website is the “Toolkits” section.
•American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry : On this website, the section Facts for Families offers very useful information for families on all aspects of other psychiatric diagnoses. Many children with ASD have received other psychiatric diagnoses. This website offers information on those disorders and valuable links with other general resources.
•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: This is a federally-funded agency committed to scientific developments in research on ASD and other conditions. This website provides basic information on ASD as well as information specific to scientific research.
•Autism Society of America: This website is updated regularly and provides comprehensive information about ASD; information is also available in other languages (e.g., Spanish). This site provides useful links to other related websites.
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