Current autism screening tools, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Algorithm and website, free early detection materials for clinicians. Referral sources within Iowa to assess diagnostic, sensory, behavioral and language needs. Local Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) services. Results of OT and SLP evaluations are utilized by teachers, medical clinicians and parents to help further determine areas which need to be addressed immediately and provide appropriate interventions to improve both short and long term functioning of the individual.
Clinical Provider and Diagnositic information:
- Early Diagnosis Information:
- Referral Centers in Iowa to Obtain/ Rule-Out Diagnosis
- Mercy Service Club Autism Center
- Preliminary Assessment / Evaluation
- Mercy Behavioral Services
- Child Health Specialty Clinic(CHSC)
Family Support - Experienced family navigators are available to help family members with problem-solving, navigating the complex service system, and providing emotional support.
Care Coordination - Our staff help families arrange for the services they need as conveniently and effectively as possible. Many of these services are located in local communities.
Clinic Services - We hold clinics for children and youth who have chronic physical, developmental, emotional, or behavioral problems. A nurse practitioner and staff nurse are the on-site providers. If needed, consultations can be arranged with a nutritionist, and other appropriate care providers via telehealth. Recommendations, including referral to community resources, are always planned with the child and youth’s family.
Systems Building (Infrastructure) - We also work to improve the health care system. For example, we work to assure that all children and youth with special health care needs have a medical home. We also advocate for family-friendly policies, monitor the quality of statewide services, and survey families about their needs.