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Autism Clinic

Part of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health

A child at Children's Mercy talks with a physician from the Developmental and Behavioral Sciences team.

Experts in autism care


Children’s Mercy is one of six Autism Centers designated by the state of Missouri. We provide comprehensive diagnostic services for children whose families suspect they may have autism or a related disorder.

If you have a child with an autism diagnosis, our family resource nurse can help connect you with treatment and support services, training opportunities, and other specialists who can help you.

Autism Clinic newsletter

Get the latest updates from the Autism Clinic team, such as:

  • Help and support for parents and caregivers.
  • Upcoming educational events.
  • New additions to our clinics and services.
  • Research study opportunities.

Meet the team

Children’s Mercy has an excellent team of clinicians to support your family, including psychologists and developmental-behavioral pediatricians with expertise in autism and other developmental conditions. Several dedicated staff members, including a family resource nurse and a family training coordinator, are on hand to assist you. The Autism Clinic is directed by licensed child psychologist Cy Nadler, PhD.

Upcoming live events

Communicating with Family and Friends About Your Child’s Autism Diagnosis (VIRTUAL)
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Location: Virtual 
Registration Fee: Training is free and registration is REQUIRED.  

Next Steps after an Autism Diagnosis (VIRTUAL)
Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Location: Virtual
Training is FREE, Registration is REQUIRED.  

I think my child may have autism. What should I do?

If you have concerns that your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delays, we encourage you to get connected with early intervention and other therapies as soon as possible, even before a formal diagnosis.

How to access intervention services

Every state provides free evaluations and services for children who need support.

For children under 3 years old, request a free developmental evaluation and early intervention services from your state agency for children birth to age three.

For children between 3-18 years old, access free evaluations and special education services through your local public school district (even if your child does not attend school yet). Contact your school district’s special education department for more information.

For all children: Ask your child’s medical doctor if referrals to any other specialists would be appropriate to address your areas of concern.

Common referrals include:

You may also want to pursue programs like Parents as Teachers or Head Start services.

Evaluation process at Children’s Mercy

We've made it easier for you to schedule an evaluation at Children’s Mercy by listing step-by-step directions. See all the details about how to schedule an evaluation for your child.

Already scheduled? Find out what to expect at your appointment.