Autism Diagnostic Clinic
The Autism Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital is the only comprehensive program in a freestanding children’s hospital in the state of Arizona.
The Autism Program consists of autism diagnosis and management.
This means your child can be seen by all of the specialists they need, all in one place. And because we’re a children’s hospital, we’re focused on family-centered care.
Our goal is to diagnose early, provide the most comprehensive assessment and treatment plan, and provide families with the support to best take care of their child. Our team works with the child and family to implement effective learning and behavioral interventions to help the child grow and develop to the best of their ability.
The Autism Diagnostic Clinic also helps identify medical diagnoses often associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), such as seizures, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders and behavioral disorders. We coordinate referrals to the appropriate specialists for your convenience.
Dr. Robin Blitz leads the way
Dr. Robin K. Blitz, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, leads the Autism Diagnostic Clinic within the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Dr. Blitz is the only board-certified, hospital-based developmental pediatrician in Arizona to train residents and provide autism consultations to Valley pediatricians.
Collaborative care that is 100% for children
Barrow at Phoenix Children’s is collaborating with Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and Behavior Imaging Solutions on a pilot program for a new autism diagnostic option. The Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment – NODA – is an accurate and effective autism diagnostic service that uses smartphone technology and team of clinicians trained for assessing autistic behavior to diagnose or rule out autism. For more information on this option, visit www.behaviorimaging.com/NODA.
Dr. Blitz is dedicated to managing autism by doing a comprehensive evaluation to find the source of the child's disorder and by finding the best treatment to help kids reach their maximum potential.
Specialized assessment testing, parental education, and access to pediatric specialists - in addition to the Hospital's family-centered focus - makes the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital uniquely qualified to treat pediatric patients with autism and other developmental behavioral needs.
After being referred in to the Autism Diagnostic Clinic, Dr. Blitz collaborates with other subspecialties including neurologists, OT/speech therapists, audiologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and/or gastrointestinal specialists to create treatment plans to meet the comprehensive needs of the child.
Learn more about autism and our services
- What is Autism?
- Early Behavioral Signs
- Evaluation and Screening Process
- Diagnosis and Possible Treatment
- Autism Diagnostic Clinic Physicians and Staff
Contact us | Autism Clinic
Please note: Appointments are made by a referring pediatrician or family physician.
Physicians: For referrals, please call our One Call line at 602-933-DOCS.
Autism Diagnostic Clinic appointments are currently scheduled for Monday mornings for patients under 5 years old. Patients are scheduled for two Monday morning appointments at the resident teaching clinic.
On the intial visit, children are seen by a pediatric resident. On subsequent visits children are seen by Robin Blitz, MD.
Beth Trevino, MD; Amber Wright, NP; and Jodi Meadows, NP may see new patients for possible Autism diagnosis as weel, on any day of the week. For autism evaluations, children are first seen by the nurse practitioner.
Note: Autism Diagnostic Clinic appointments generally take longer than a routine doctor's appointment. Due to the thorough evaluation by the team, an appointment typically lasts one to two hours. In addition, your child may be referred to other specialists for further evaluation.
Please Bring the Following Information to Your Child's First Appointment:
- Old medical records
- School evaluation reports
- Individualized Education Plans (IEP's)
- Therapy reports
- Genetic testing
If you can send this information to us ahead of time, all the better! all parent forms can be found here: Patient Forms. If possible, please complete and either send forms to us beforehand or bring them with you to your appointment. Forms can be faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered, if your appointment is soon. If it is a month away, yyou can also mail trecords. Please bring hard copies with you or confirm with Loren Begay the office has recieved your child's information.
Ambulatory Building (B), 3rd Floor
Phoenix Children's Hospital - Main Campus
1919 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016